Gonzaga Muteesasira, the greater Masaka regional coordinator for the program, reveals that the habit of multiple borrowing have been unearthed among the youth leaders and media practitioners SACCOs that were registered at levels of the three constituencies in the area.
Peter Akampurira, the Lwengo District Police Commander, says that they have launched a manhunt for the assailants. According to eyewitnesses, the assailants were donning police jackets but Akampurira says criminals use anything to disguise their operation.
The complainants led by Bruce Tushabe a local activist, argue that besides the daily dues from petty businesses being abolished by President Yoweri Museveni in 2018, the Township Officer has continued to collect the money and allegedly using it for private purposes.
Julius Sseremba, a teacher at Lwengo modern primary school argues that the requirement to have registered and operational SACCOs as guarantors is likely to lockout many teachers yet they need urgent interventions for their survival.
The meeting which was attended by hundreds of people from various groups that included Bodaboda riders, salon operators, carpenters, welders, Motor garage operators, dealers in foodstuffs, markets and roadside vendors, traders among others, was however thrown into confusion after participants failed to harmonize positions on the selection their coordination committees.
In their petition, three Sacco board members; Pkotazi Kalemire, Takia Naiga and Ahmed Ssemakula, accuse Vincent Kaitana, the board chairperson of managing the SACCO with impunity and deliberately failing to change leadership despite the expiry of his term of office.
The company lost at least 40 transformers to vandalism in addition to several other electricity supply infrastructure and illegal connections in the first half of 2018 alone. This translated into an estimated annual average loss of 100 billion shillings.
Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner indicates that the beneficiaries lack skills to effectively manage the income generating projects. Kasiita explains that some of the groups were created out of excitement and anxiety regardless of their capacity and financial management skills required.
Last month, President Yoweri Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart, John Pombe Magufuli, commissioned construction of the oil pipeline at Mutukula border in Kyotera District. Hoped to be one of the longest, 1,445km pipeline will run from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania. It is estimated to cost 3.55 billion US dollars, approximately 12.6 trillion Uganda Shillings.
George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC V Chairman says they have launched an operation dubbed Operation Good Quality Coffee around the region to ensure farmers comply with the set standards. He says they will arrest all farmers involved in harvesting raw coffee beans.
Fred Kwizera, a fisherman at Nangoma landing site told Museveni that some army officers he didnt mention chased them from Lake Victoria, saying they had secured fishing rights from the former Fisheries Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa.
Five people were last night rushed to hospital in critical condition after a trailer reg. No. RAB 271A/RL 0515 carrying tonnes of soap and cooking oil veered off the road and rammed into a building housing more than three shops in which they were sitting.