Mbareeba’s assertion didn’t go down well with Kabafunzaki. He shot back saying it was morally and legally right for him to talk about the project since it was an initiative of the ruling NRM party to, which he subscribes
Hon. kasolo addressing Rukiga district leaders.
Herbert Kabagunzaki, the Rukiga County Member
of Parliament has clashed with Rukiga District Male Youth Councilor, Michael
Mbareeba Kwarikunda over the Presidential initiative on Wealth and job Creation
(Emyooga) in the presence of the Micro-Finance State Minister, Haruna Kyeyune
It all started after Mbareeba
accused some politicians of politicizing government programs, saying some have
already started claiming ownership of the Emyooga project yet it is meant to
benefit all Ugandans regardless of their political affiliation.
“I want to thank the Honorable Minister for
implementing this government program that will help all people but some
politicians in Rukiga have been going around on radio stations, saying that
they are the ones that are bringing the project and only invited the
Minister to Launch it “. Mbareeba said.
Emyooga” is a Rukiga/Runyankole
word literally translated as “Skills”. The Presidential initiative is designed
to empower Ugandans economically with special skills. Mbareeba’s assertion didn’t go down well with Kabafunzaki.
He shot back saying it was morally and legally right for him to talk about the
project since it was an initiative of the ruling NRM party to, which he
subscribes. He accused Mbareeba of politicising the government project
simply because he belongs to the opposition.
“Honorable minister some leaders in Rukiga don’t want us to
talk about NRM achievements as most are in the opposition,” Kabafunzaki said.
In his response, Kasolo warned the leaders against politicizing the “Emyooga”
project, saying it is a government program.
He said it is unfortunate that some political
leaders have continued to advance their political agendas at the expense of
their voters who are living in poverty. “It’s true that the project is
part of the NRM Manfesto but the beneficiaries are less interested in its
origin,’ he said.
He also disclosed that Government
will only extend funding to groups of skilled men and women organized in SACCOS
at constituency level. The beneficiaries include mechanics, salon operators,
Boda boda riders, Taxi Drivers and Journalists among others.
Each SACCO is expected to receive Shillings 30
million as seed capital. Rukiga Resident District Commissioner, Pulkeria
Mwine Muhindo asked leaders to put aside their political differences and work
together for the development of Rukiga district.