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First Covid Cash Relief Recipient Appears, Demands Protection

Geoffrey Oloya, the first recipient of Covid relief cash addressing the media (Photo By Tolit Ivan)

By Tolit Ivan

Gulu-Geoffrey Oloya, one of the beneficiaries of the COVID-19 Relief Cash by government in Gulu City who made headlines after he was called live on TV by the Prime Minister Robina Nabbanjja after receiving the cash assistance has strongly dismissed reports by the Public Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Local Committee labeling him as a ghost recipient.

Oloya aged 42, and a resident of Iriaga ward in Laroo-Pece Division in Gulu City told a press briefing at the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) Media facility on Tuesday afternoon that all the accusations levelled against him are baseless.

Recently, there were reports in the media that he was not a vulnerable person hence, he was not entitled to such cash assistance.

However, he strongly dismissed the report, saying as a boda-boda motorcycle taxi operator, his business was greatly affected by the 42-day COVID-19 lockdown.

He said he used the cash he received from Government to buy soybean and rice seeds and planted it in his garden in Lungulu Sub County in Nwoya District. He also asked Government of Uganda (GoU) for more support and protection, claiming that his life is in danger.

Denis Odongpiny, the Gulu Resident City Commissioner (RCC), said Oloya will be protected as any other Ugandan.

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