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
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.
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.
that some women groups have also diverted the money to non-existent projects.
//Cue in: “groups ezi twarambura…
…sente bakazitenka aharubaju.”//
Musiime says the recovery of the funds is difficult since the group members can’t
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…
…zinwe abo abantu.”//
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
Turyabagyenyi, the Rwampara District Resident Commissioner says that groups
that received the money are not in existence and the money has not been
“projects zagavumenti eziyatirimu…
…tizakiriho nansente tiziriho.”//
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.