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UGX 400 Million Busoga Scholarship Fund Launched :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UGX 400 Million Busoga Scholarship Fund Launched

Speaking at the launch of the 400 million shillings fund in Jinja on Wednesday, Mayur Madhivani, the joint managing director of Kakira sugar limited, said that the fund will only available to Ugandans living in the Busoga region.
The speaker of parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga(L), displays the 400 million shillings recieved from the Kakira sugar limited joint managing director, Mayur Madhivani(in white shirt).
The Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation has established the Kakira Sugar Busoga Foundation.

Speaking at the launch of the 400 million shillings fund in Jinja on Wednesday, Mayur Madhivani, the joint managing director of Kakira sugar limited, said that the fund will only available to Ugandans living in the Busoga region.

He also said that 30 percent of the scholarship will be distributed to biological dependents of kakira sugar limited employees, 30% to dependents of registered out-grower farmers and 40% to children within the Busoga sub-region.

A nine-member board of the scholarship foundation has been appointed. It is chaired by Victoria Sekitoleko, the former Minister for Agriculture.

Madhivani says that the scholarship scheme is aimed at sponsoring students in vocational skills to address the high levels of unemployment in the region.

He also said that Kakira will each year contribute 200 million shillings to sponsor students under the scheme.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who launched the scholarship fund tasked political leaders in the Busoga region to mobilize their communities to embrace vocational training.

 “In the past years, vocational schools were a reserve of slow learners in schools but currently, it is the easiest way to employ youth in these modern times, therefore politicians should encourage their electorates to embrace these institutions which will transform their children into employers rather than job seekers,” Kadaga says.

Joseph Muvawala, the Prime Minister Busoga Kingdom says that the scheme will help the children in the region to attain scholarships without facing stiff competition from other regions.

"Unlike the Madhivani foundation which attracts stiff competition all over the country, this scholarship scheme is made for Busoga and our children will indeed benefit from it," Muvawala says.

Issa Budhugo, the Chairperson of Kakira Sugarcane Out growers' association says that the scholarship scheme will lighten the farmer's school fees burden. "Our farmers can easily access the scholarship scheme which will help them to reduce on the school fees stress," Budhugo says.