At least 55
women in the different enterprise groups in Lyantonde District are facing
prosecution for defaulting on the public funds disbursed through the Uganda
Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP.
The women received
the funds disbursed through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
Development to strengthen the capacity of women for entrepreneurship
development, through the provision of affordable credits and support access to
other financial services that enable business growth.
Timothy Kamugasa, the UWEP coordinator in Lyantonde district indicates they
have failed to recover part of the money which was given out to some groups.
He explains that
the eleven groups that have been listed for prosecution owe the program 50
million shillings and have defaulted for the last five years.
indicates that some of the groups have either disintegrated or the members
relocated to unknown destinations, as a way of avoiding accountability.
that they have secured a resolution from the district council which gave them a
go-ahead to hunt down the defaulters and have them prosecuted, for the good of
other groups that are also waiting to benefit from the program funds.
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According to the district’s project disbursement schedule, each of the women
groups was on average given 5.6 million shillings which are meant to be
operated as a revolving fund. In total, Lyantonde district had of December last
year received 488 million shillings paid out to 87 women enterprise groups,
venturing in the different income-generating projects.
says that the district has only managed to recover 169 million shillings, which
is so low compared to their expectation and is affecting that program’s
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Kyorisimira, a member of Mpumudde Women Cheesemakers group says that their
business was affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown situation. She has pleaded
with the government to allow them to use the funds as seed capital.
She says that
they also going to engage the district leadership to forge a way forward other
than pursuing them for prosecution.
“All of us
were badly affected by the lockdown restrictions which affected the business
operation. The government needs to revise the terms of this project to allow us to
recover,” she noted.
Nayebale, the Lyantonde Town Council Vice Chairperson, says she is also going
to appeal to the district Chief Administrative Officer to backtrack on the
prosecution process and instead engage with defaulters to work out a lenient
Women Entrepreneurship Program was initiated in the 2015/15 financial year, to
empower women to improve their income levels and contribute to economic