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Community Development Officer Wanted for Stealing Youth Livelihood Funds

Ninziri allegedly connived with Arafat Kalyowa and Jonny Lwanga to forge the Chief Administrative Officer's signature, which they used to withdraw up to 15 million Shillings, from funds which were meant to benefit youth groups in the sub-county. The money was withdrawn from DFCU Bank in Mukono.

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Enid Nanziri,  the Community Development Officer of Bweema sub-county in Buvuma district has reportedly abandoned office following summons to answer to charges of the fraudulent acquisition of Youth Livelihood Program funds.

Ninziri allegedly connived with Arafat Kalyowa and Jonny Lwanga to forge the Chief Administrative Officer's signature, which they used to withdraw up to 15 million Shillings, from funds which were meant to benefit youth groups in the sub-county.  The money was withdrawn from DFCU Bank in Mukono.

According to the Ssezibwa Regional Police Commander Hellen Butoto, Nanziri forged the withdrawal slips and signatures, while Kalyowa and Lwanga pretended to be the chairpersons of Kiruguma Nezikokolima and Kyosimba Youth Goat Rearing Group, which are also non-existent.

The two accomplices were arrested by Buvuma police and charged with theft and forgery and remanded to Lugazi prison.  Meanwhile, Buvuma Acting District Resident Commissioner Juma Kigongo says his office is tracking Nanziri, who has since gone into hiding.

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Buvuma district received  268 million Shillings which was disbursed to facilitate youth groups under the Youth Livelihood Program in the financial year 2014/2015. However, only 59 million Shillings has been recovered.

James Nambura, a youth at Buvuma says only a handful of youths have benefited from the program because of the bureaucracies they have to endure to obtain the money. As a result, unscrupulous people have taken advantage to forge documents to enable them to tap into the opportunity. 

“Even when money comes CDOs drop many of our groups without explanations and consider groups we also don’t understand”

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