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Poor Facilitation Threatens Success of Emyooga Initiative in Rukiga

The Program was launched in August 2019 as part of the government’s strategies to transform 68 per cent of Ugandan homesteads from subsistence to market-oriented production. Rukiga district received 560 million Shillings to benefit 18 Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization or Society (SACCO) with 636 benefiting groups.
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The progress of Emyooga, a presidential initiative aimed at wealth and job creation, hangs in balance in Rukiga District due to poor facilitation of technical overseers, according to area leaders.

The Program was launched in August 2019 as part of the government’s strategies to transform 68 per cent of Ugandan homesteads from subsistence to market-oriented production. Rukiga district received  560 million Shillings to benefit 18 Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization or Society (SACCO) with 636 benefiting groups.

But Rukiga District Principal Commercial Officer  James Muhwezi decried says that the program is struggling to succeed due to a lack of facilitation for technocrats monitoring the program. Muhwezi explains that although the government had promised to facilitate the technical staff that oversee the program with an allocation of 330,000 Shillings per month, the commitment was never honoured.

Muhwezi says that for the last 14 months, the office of the Resident District Commissioner only received one million Shillings to facilitate training and meetings under the program, adding that such facilitation is too small to have an impact. He was speaking during the assessment meeting  organized by Rukiga county Member of Parliament Roland Ndyomugyenyi at Rwamucucu sub-county headquarters last evening.

Rukiga//Cue in; “honourable it is… 

Cue out …been done.”//

He says that as a result, they are facing hardships in transport to sub-counties to oversee the progress of the program. Muhwezi says that the meagre funding will suffocate the progress of the project and asked the government to channel funds from Micro Finance Support Centre directly to the district accounts as facilitation for the Emyooga program.

Rukig//Cue in; “itwe nka technical… 

Cue out…two months."//

Muhwezi was backed by James Kagina Mutambuuka, the Chairperson for Emyooga Sacco Produce Association and Mable Kiruhuura, the Chairperson for Saloon Operators Sacco saying that it was is unfair for technical overseers to use their own money to monitor a government project

//Cue in; “mazima bashemereire akasente…

Cue out…nka abantu.”//

Rukiga Resident District Commissioner Purikeria Muhindo Mwiine says that Muhwezi’s concerns are legitimate because all overseers of the project are facing the same problem, yet such oversights, some Sacco members have accessed loans through wrong procedures. Muhindo says that the program was poorly designed because issuing huge money without facilitation to carry out monitoring is creating gaps. 

//Cue in; “we still have…

Cue out….the program.”//  

Rukiga//Cue in; “manya ti commercial… 

Cue out…ni amazima.”// 

Rukiga county Member of Parliament Roland Ndyomugyenyi explains that facilitation should have been sent directly to the district instead of the Micro Finance Support Centre and promised to table the matter before parliament for discussion to have the challenge addressed.  

//Cue in; “facilitation or No facilitation…  

Cue out…these people.” 

Cue out…abantu abarakora ha… 

Cue out …egyo facilitation.”// 

Emyooga, the Presidential Initiative on Wealth and Job Creation program targets SACCO's formed in specialized fields that need capital to boost their incomes. Each saving and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) is given 30 million shillings as seed capital while districts receive 570 million shillings to support the SACCOs.   The targeted groups include Journalists, bodaboda cyclists, women enterprises, carpenters, tailors, mechanics, blacksmithing, carpentry, mechanics, pottery, performing artists, and fishermen among others. 

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