By Arajabu Wampula
Mbale garage operators in St. Andrew cell, south Central ward in Industrial division, in Mbale city are pleading to the government to consider them too and give them a share of the 42 days COVID 19 relief fund that was promised to the vulnerable population.
These operators say that the total lockdown blocked their only route for survival as customers reduced when the president put a stop on transport means of crossing district borders.
Rashid Kutosi, the vice chairperson of this garage revealed that people who used to earn a living from this garage for example those who dealt in fabrication, motorcycle repairing are starving and some run away from their families.
Rashid says that their names and NIN numbers were taken by officials responsible but they have never received a feedback.
” The announcing of the covid relief funds gave us hope and we registered our names. However, we have never received even a single penny from the government. They left us out,” he said
Rashid added that he has received several complaints from his people pertaining the government funds but also, he feels stranded as he has failed to find the right person in the higher powers to forward the complaints.
Muzamilu Boggya one of the mechanics said that this lockdown has slowed down his work as he receives few or no customers in need of his services.
“My name and NIN number taken by the officials but I have not seen anything from the prime minister.” Boggy said.
He however says that the hardships in this wave have taught him to save for the unexpected hard times of life.
Juliet Layira, a business lady dealing in both motorcycle and car spare parts says that her sales have dropped and she has no idea on how she will pay her bank loans.
“Some of us have got loans from banks and our landlords need the monthly rent. I registered for the little government fund but I have seen notht yet. Loan officials subjected me to pay back in August but I don’t even have half of what to give back,” she said