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Fort Portal RCC Blocks Issuance of Certificates to Emyooga Saccos

This followed the failure by the Commercial Officer, Michael Karwani, to avail lists of all the members of individual associations that make up each of the 36 Emyooga Saccos in the city.

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Fort Portal Resident City Commissioner - RCC Rodgers Mbabazi, has blocked the issuance of certificates to Emyooga Saccos in the two divisions of Fort Portal Tourism city.      

This followed the failure by the Commercial Officer, Michael Karwani, to avail lists of all the members of individual associations that make up each of the 36 Emyooga Saccos in the city.      

On Thursday and Friday, Karwani and his team moved to train the leaders of the Saccos with a plan of giving them certificates that would enable them to access Emyooga funds that the government deposited on their accounts.    

However, Mbabazi, who was invited to both training programs realized that even when the funds were already on the accounts of respective Saccos, the commercial office did not readily have records of all the members that were intended to benefit from the programme.     

Mbabazi argued that without the lists, it would be very risky to issue the certificates to the Saccos. He said that even members of associations that make up the Emyooga groups did not know each other and that this alone would fail their operations.  

He told Karwani during the Friday training of Sacco leaders from Central Division at Kyebambe Girls' Secondary School main hall that even though the lists of names were sent to Ministry of Finance, there was a need to have similar lists in his office for easy follow-up.    

Mbabazi said as an RCC, it would be practically impossible to follow up on what the groups are doing when their names of members are unknown. He based on these reasons to stop Karwani from issuing the certificates until lists of all names of associations in the city are with him.    

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On his part, Karwani said that the lists could be with division commercial officers and said he needed time to pick them and hand them over to Mbabazi. Meanwhile, Mbabazi's decision to block the issuance of certificates rubbed the Sacco members the wrong way.       

Robert Mugume, who said he was part of the Salon operators Sacco, said that if Karwani knew that he did not have the lists of names of the beneficiaries, he would have waited to call them for the training.      

Mugume argued that they wasted their time and money in the process, adding that the funds had already over delayed and they did not want to waste more time.       

But the RCC told the leaders that his decision was for their own good and asked them to be patient, promising that that once he receives the lists, he will ask Karwani to immediately give out the certificates.   

Emyooga is a Presidential initiative on job and wealth creation that targets 19 clusters including restaurants owners, Boda-Boda, women entrepreneurs, carpenters, salon operators, journalists, People with Disabilities, Fishermen, Mechanics, performing artist and taxi operators. Each constituency is expected to receive 560 Million Shillings.   

The estimated nationwide budget for the Emyooga programme is 260 Billion Shillings. Of this, Kampala and Wakiso districts were allocated 26 billion and 14 billion Shillings respectively. An additional 10 billion Shillings is earmarked to support groups that do not fall in the original Emyooga categories like visual artists, waitress and waitresses and gym instructors among others.