The meeting which was convened at the City Mayor’s Gardens turned rowdy after some of the groups including Boda Boda Associations accused the program officials of dragging the process and using their names to get money.
Over 400 members of Emyooga groups in Arua City on Thursday
stormed out of a meeting following delays to receive money.
The meeting which was convened at the City Mayor’s Gardens turned
rowdy after some of the groups including Boda Boda Associations accused the
program officials of dragging the process and using their names to get money.
The members who remained calm during the address by the Arua
Resident District Commissioner Nahori Oya turned rowdy after they were told to elect
their leaders who would be signatories to the accounts. However, more than
three-quarters of the members went rowdy and rejected further conditions put on
them saying it’s a ploy to use their names for personal benefits by the
// Cue in;
However much you talk…
Cue out: “…sense
will it make.//
Hamza Ham, the regional coordinator for Emyooga West Nile said the
process of organizing the groups has dragged on because the first coordinator
did not hail from West Nile and this made coordination for Emyooga difficult.
According to Ham, some of the beneficiaries have decided to politicize
//Cue in; why
we are lagging…
Cue out; its small
Joel Ayiko, the Commercial Officer Arua City pleaded with the
group members saying they need to cooperate if the Emyooga programme is to have
an impact in Arua City.
Cue in; this
is a government…
stakeholders who are here.//
According to records from the Commercial Office, Arua City
has over 2,700 group files for Emyooga with an estimated 560 Million Shillings
to be released for each of the two divisions in Arua City.
Emyooga is a Presidential initiative for fighting poverty and
wealth creation through financial support to various enterprises to a tune of
up to UGX 31 million per group. The City officials are yet to forge a way for
the groups to fulfill requirements for the final release of funds for the kick-starting
of the programme.