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Rwampara District Fails to Recover UWEP, Youth Livelihood Funds

Remegio Musiime, the Senior Community Development Officer, Rwampara says members of the most youth groups that received the money, disappeared rendering the groups non-existent.

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Rwampara District authorities have failed to recover more than 100 Million Shillings from beneficiaries of the Youth Livelihood Program and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship-UWEP.

UWEP started its implementation in the 2015/2016 financial year to mainly empower the most vulnerable women for entrepreneurship development and increase household incomes.

This would be achieved through the provision of zero interest credit under a revolving fund mechanism, promotion of appropriate technologies for improved production and value addition and capacity building.

Under the UWEP, 20 women groups in Rugando Sub County received 50 Million Shillings with each group getting between five and ten million while 40 youth groups also received over 50 million shillings under the youth livelihood program.

Some of the groups that have failed to pay back the money include Nyakabare Women Goat rearing, Nyamikanja 1 youth goat rearing, Nyamikanja 1 youth in development and Bushenyi Women Goats rearing group among others. 

Remegio Musiime, the Senior Community Development Officer, Rwampara says members of the most youth groups that received the money, disappeared rendering the groups non-existent.

Musiime says that some women groups have also diverted the money to non-existent projects.

//Cue in: “groups ezi twarambura…

Cue out: …sente bakazitenka aharubaju.”//

Musiime says the recovery of the funds is difficult since the group members can’t be traced.

Joventa Musiime a member of Nyamikanja 1 youth in development says the group received 11 Million Shillings and bought three motorcycles. However, disagreements between members and the executive emerged over the operations of the group which led to the collapse of the group. She says some members have quit the group and disappeared.

//Cue in: “million ikumi nemwe…

Cue out: …zinwe abo abantu.”//

Agnes Kyomuhendo, a member of Rukuuna Bakyara Twetungure, says they were not given any bank account to deposit bank the money since it was revolving. 

//Cue in: “enshobi nimwe mugiine…

Cue out: … ngu sitwine eibanja

Emmy Katera Turyabagyenyi, the Rwampara District Resident Commissioner says that groups that received the money are not in existence and the money has not been recovered.

//Cue in: “projects zagavumenti eziyatirimu…

Cue out: …tizakiriho nansente tiziriho.”//

He attributed mismanagement of the two programs to the Community Development officers who did not sensitize the members.  Katera says that the groups that received money lacked guidance and sensitization on how to use the money.

//Cue in: “ekinareba kand ekyaresire…

Cue out: …bacommunity development officers.”//          

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