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Lwengo Youth Leaders Demand Suspension of YLP

The Lwengo district youth council led by their chairperson Ibrahim Kitatta, accuse members of the district executive committee for manipulating the selection process of the beneficiaries, to meet their selfish interests.

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Youth leaders in Lwengo District are calling for the suspension of the youth livelihood programme over abuse of funds.

The program implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, is a revolving government initiative targeting the poor and unemployed youth the age bracket of 18-30 years to improve their social-economic livelihoods.

However, the youth leadership in Lwengo are demanding for a special audit in the project's implementation. They allege that it was hijacked by the district leadership hence mismanaging it.

The Lwengo district youth council led by their chairperson Ibrahim Kitatta, accuse members of the district executive committee for manipulating the selection process of the beneficiaries, to meet their selfish interests.

Kitatta alleges that in this financial year, the youth council mobilized and scrutinized several youth groups to benefit from the project but many of them have often been rejected by the district executive committee.

He cites youth enterprise groups of Boda Boda cyclists whose applications files were shelved by the district executive committee even after being endorsed by technical planning committee.

//Cue in “twakizuula nti….

Cue out: ….mu nteekateeka eno.”//.

Kitatta says that following complaints from some beneficiaries, they want the government to halt the project until an audit is conducted.

//Cue in “bwe bayimiriza……

Cue out: ……tujja kuddibwamu.”//.

In the 2018/2019 budget framework, Lwengo district has been earmarked to receive Shillings 400 under YLP.

Joseph Maseega, the YLP coordinator in Lwengo has declined to comment about the matter and instead referred us to the RDC, whom he says took up the matter.

Jjuuko Kasiita, the Lwengo Resident District Commissioner confirms receiving the youth complaints however adding that he is still waiting on the ministry to guide them on the next course of action.