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Masaka Leaders Demand Merger of Wealth Creation Schemes

The government has over the years funded different programs that target improving the livelihoods of the different communities, among them women, veterans and youths. Some of the programs include the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP, Operation Wealth Creation-OWC, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, the Microfinance Savings and Credit Cooperatives Fund-SACCOs among others.
President Yoweri Museveni alongside Local Leaders from Masaka Sub Region during his regional tour to the area on Tuesday

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A section of local council leaders in Masaka district are proposing a merger of government-initiated wealth creation schemes for purposes of realizing tangible results in communities. 

The government has over the years funded different programs that target improving the livelihoods of the different communities, among them women, veterans and youths. Some of the programs include the Youth Livelihood Program-YLP, Operation Wealth Creation-OWC, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, the Microfinance Savings and Credit Cooperatives Fund-SACCOs among others. 

But local council leaders are saying that the programs are overlapping each other, resulting into duplication of responsibilities. Katwe-Butego Division Chairperson Denis Lukanga Majwala says that the current model of scattering resources into several programs targeting common groups has resulted into wastage.

Majwala now suggests that Operation Wealth Creation and the Youth Livelihood Program should be merged and their management entrusted to the local governments for effective implementation. He also asked the government to detach the implementation of such initiatives from politics.   

//Cue in; “z’ayingiramu nyo….  

Cue out……okusinga Wealth Creation.”//   

Bukomansimbi District Secretary for Works Muhammad Matovu equally urged the government to avoid duplication of services by different organs.  He advises the government to consider merging all similar schemes and accordingly channel the funds allocated to them through the district budgets for effective implementation. 

Bukomansimbi Youth Council chairperson Isaac Ssekigudde prefers that on top of increasing the funding to the Youth Livelihood Programme, the government should as well consider reforming it from a revolving fund into a grant, for better results. 

The discussion came days after president Yoweri Museveni asked leaders in the region to make an honest assessment of the existing wealth creation programs and offer suggestions towards their improvement. 

Museveni who was on his operation wealth creation tour in Masaka expressed concern of the slow economic progress realized in communities despite the implementation of various projects by the government.  

//Cue in; “waliwo ensawo eziriwo…. 

Cue out …..nga bw’ekiri.”//