CDO, Chairpersons Arrested Over Youths Funds

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Mukiibi was arrested alongside two chairpersons of youths groups in Nakaseke district. They include Jimmy Nsamba, the chairperson of Mukisa Youths Stationery Group and Simon Kabugo from Butalangu Youths Tents and Chairs Group.

The Community Development Officer for Butalangu Town Council Ivan Mukiibi has been arrested for failure to refund Youths Livelihood Program funds.

Mukiibi was arrested alongside two chairpersons of youth's groups in Nakaseke district. They include Jimmy Nsamba, the chairperson of Mukisa Youths Stationery Group and Simon Kabugo from Butalangu Youths Tents and Chairs Group.

The two groups received 7.7 million Shillings each to boost their business during the financial year 2013/2014. However, Mukisa Youths Stationery Group paid back only 260,000 Shillings whereas Butalangu Youths Tents and Chairs Group is yet to remit anything.

Captain Kigozi Kaweesa the Nakaseke Resident District Commissioner explains that the youths accused the CDO Ivan Mukiibi of taking part of the money making it difficult for them to gain from the projects and repay the loans. Kigozi ordered Mukiibi to be arrested for embezzlement.
 
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Sam Sserunjogi, the LC III Chairperson of Butalangu Town Council explains that the Youths Livelihood Programme may not create impact because of technical staffs ask for kickbacks to approve projects.
 
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Justus Asiimwe the Nakaseke District Police Commander says that the suspects face charges of defaulting and embezzlement of government funds.

On January 27th 2017, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development Pius Bigirimana suspended disbursement of Youths Livelihood Program funds to Nakaseke district for failure to recover the earlier disbursed funds.

According to his letter, Nakaseke had managed to recover only 16 million Shillings out of 391 million Shillings disbursed to 52 groups in the financial year 2013/14.
 
According to payment schedule by Bigirimana, the districts across the country had recovered 6.9 billion shillings and 14.8 billion shillings were overdue. Bigirimana noted that he had stopped funding to Nakaseke and other districts which failed to recover at least 50 percent of funds disbursed to the projects.

Nakaseke district has now embarked on operation to crackdown on defaulters to either repay or be prosecuted.
 
Recently the Auditor General John F.S Muwanga also released a report on Youths Livelihood Program where he revealed the government is unlikely to recover over 527 million shillings because projects and  groups were non traceable across the country.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.