The State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi has submitted a supplementary budget request of shs 2.4b which she claims will be used to cater for the needs of the street children.
Nakiwala’s move is inspired by other ministries which have already submitted their demands to have a taste of the $491.8m that was recently disbursed by the IMF to Museveni’s government to address the COVID-19.
It should be noted that much as Minister Nakiwala claims she has run out of supplies to sustain the children encamped in the Nakivubo blue primary school premises, a series of NGOs and well wishers have supplied the same children with life basics since the lockdown kicked off. Some NGOs even pledged to voluntarily admit the plight of these kids in rehabilitation centres where they would teach them vocational skills.
Ekyooto has learnt that the Minister is using these children as a leverage to get a share of the covid 19 well baked ‘state cake’. Minister Nakiwala was appointed on patronage after denouncing the Democratic Party where she once paid allegiance. The same minister in 2018 submitted a budget draft in which she pledged to pay shs 26,000 to every newborn baby. In her reign as Minister in charge of youths, she has been instrumental in suppressing innovations and creativity by the same youths she’s leading. Key to note is the unending battle she once had with the youngster Fresh Kid who she nearly kicked out of the music industry in guise that he was too young to get rich. It is therefore undisputed that a minister with such a record will obviously channel that said fund into her own use. Besides, she has never at any point offered a helping hand to these same street kids but because COVID-19 has come as a blessing in disguise, she has to guise as a good Samaritan to reap from the loot.