By Spy Uganda
Bunyangabu: The state Minister for Gender and cultural affairs Hon.Peace Mutuuzo, who also doubles as the Woman Member of Parliament Bunyangabu District, officially launched the SAGE program (Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment) in Bunyangabu District.
The program, which originally started in five districts in the whole of Uganda, has officially been rolled out to other districts to strictly benefit the elderly aged 80 years and above.
In Bunyangabu District, all the accredited beneficiaries will receive money for six months starting from the month of January 2020- to June which will be totaling up to Shs150,000.
Hon.Mutuuzo said that the elderly in Bunyangabu who qualify should be keen and watch out for the days when their specific sub-counties will be receiving money to avoid being duped by their next of kin or other relatives.
The LCV Chairperson Bunyangabu District James Ategeka Mugarama thanked the elderly for being patient and waiting for the program to be rolled out in their district.
Prosper Mucunguzi, who represented the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development at the launch, asked locals not to forge years but to give information that matches with that of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA).
In Bunyangabu, approximately 2500 people will benefit from the sage programe, according to the ministry of gender, labour and social development led by Hon Frank Tumwebaze.
SAGE is a program that is recognized all over the world as a critical element of national development strategies. It is recognized as key to reaching vulnerable, often excluded sections of the population, thereby achieving inclusive, pro-poor, equitable development.
In Uganda, Senior Citizens were the first target group through a Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) Scheme under the Expanding Social Protection Programme.