Bukedea District leaders are questioning the criteria used for
selecting beneficiaries of the Presidential Initiative on Wealth and Job
The program commonly known as Emyooga targets SACCOs formed in 18
specialized fields that need capital to boost their incomes. Each SACCO is
given 30 Million Shillings as seed capital while districts receive 570 Million
Shillings to support the SACCOs.
The targeted groups include Boda Boda cyclists, women enterprises, carpenters,
tailors, mechanics, blacksmithing, carpentry, mechanics, pottery, performing
artists and fishermen among other groups.
Ruth Anyait, the Kidongole and Koena District Councilor say there
is a lot of segregation in the selection of beneficiaries by the district
Anyait claims that all the executive committee members of Emyooga
SACCO come from Malera and Kolir Sub Counties. She is also worried whether the
registered groups will have access to Emyooga funds since the district
officials have selfish interests.
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Julius Okurut, a youth leader in Kamutur Sub County says that Emyooga program,
if not handled with caution, will split NRM and affect President Museveni’s
support in Bukedea.
He feels there are in fights within the district are affecting the release of
funds to the beneficiaries.
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Moses Godfrey Otim, the District Commercial Officer of Bukedea says that people
are very anxious about Emyooga, adding that some seem to lose patience over the
delayed release of funds to the district.
“We are moving on well much as there is a lot of expectation from
people. They tell you that money is coming next week, after two weeks, another
promise that doesn’t come. Some are very anxious now. We have not yet seen the
money”, he said.
Hajji Ramathan Walugembe, the Resident District Commissioner of
Bukedea who doubles as the Focal Point Person for Emyooga program says the
district has completed all the necessary preparation to distribute money to the
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The government has so far allocated 220 Billion Shillings to
benefit 19 groups in each constituency.