Leaders in the
West Nile region have asked the government to make adjustments and address the gaps in the implementation of the Emyooga program.
The Emyooga programme was Launched in
July last year to target Ugandans in the informal sector clustered in 18 groups
that include, among others, Boda Boda riders, carpenters, tailors, welders,
fishermen, taxi, vendors and salon operators.
program has faced challenges that include: varying guidelines relating to the formation
of associations, putting the commercial Officers as focal persons in accessing
the money and a low level of knowledge on the Emyooga program and its timing.
Sharifa Taban Amin the Koboko District Woman Member of Parliament said there is
a need for massive sensitization of people about the program since it was
rolled out during the election period. According to Dr Aate, the timing of the
program gave a perception that the money was free.
that sensitizing the people about the program will help achieve its targeted objectives.
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Resident District Commissioner Bessie Modesta Ajilong says that some locals are
pointing accusing fingers at focal persons who are implementing the Emyooga
program, which she says has caused hatred among the people in the
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the Aringa East Member of Parliament says that despite inadequate information
to the beneficiaries about the program, some successes have been registered especially
the formation of groups and opening of Bank accounts.
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one of the Emyooga group leaders of produce business and a beneficiary from
Koboko district pointed out that, lack of a common position on the program
among political and technical leaders has forced some members to abandon the
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In August, Deputy Speaker Anita Among sent Members of
Parliament on a week-long recess to investigate irregularities in the Emyooga funds
The decision was to ensure that funds
earmarked for the recently launched Parish Development Model do not suffer the
During the assessment by the MPs, bureaucratic
tendencies, meddling of politicians and mistrust among beneficiaries were blamed
for the slow progress of the Emyooga program.