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No, Ugandan president Museveni not offering USh250,000 hardship allowance to citizens

IN SHORT: Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni is not offering Ugandans a hardship grant. This Facebook post is an engagement bait.

President Yoweri Museveni will give all Ugandans a hardship grant of 250,000 shillings (US$65), according to a Facebook post.

The post reads: “So President Yoweri Museveni is giving out 250,000 _APPLY_.”

It includes a link to a website where citizens are invited to apply. There is also a picture of the president, stamped “approved”, apparently for authenticity.

So, can the post and the link be trusted, or is it just another scam? We checked.


Engagement bait

As part of the application process, applicants are asked to provide personal information such as their full name, email address, district of residence and gender.

The next step is to share the link with five groups or 10 friends on WhatsApp.

This shows that this is an engagement bait scam, where people are asked to interact with the post by commenting on it or sharing it with others. The more people interact with the post, the greater its reach.

Africa Check has previously investigated similar click bait and phishing scams here and here.

Ignore fake post

On 17 January 2024, Museveni’s deputy press secretary Faruk Kirunda flagged the post as a fake.

He wrote: “Members of the public should take note of this scam that is circulating on social media claiming that ‘President Yoweri Museveni approves hardship cash grant for President for Everyone’ and inviting people to apply for Shs250,000 for three months through a link at the bottom. 

“Please note that there is no such arrangement. Don't be conned."

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