Gulu Fails to Recover UGX 255M from Youth

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Gulu district has failed to recover funds advanced to various youth groups under the Youth Livelihood Program YLP project that was enrolled in the financial year 2014/15

Gulu district has failed to recover funds advanced to various youth groups under the Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) project that was enrolled in the financial year 2014/15

Last year, the district selected and approved 36 youth groups with viable projects to benefit from 389 million shillings kitty but to date most of the groups have failed to repay the money advanced to them.
 
Ojara Martin Mapenduzi, the Gulu district LCV says they have only recovered 34.8 million from 27 youth groups out of the 289 million advanced to 36 groups.
 
He says there are indications that some of the groups got the money and divided it among their members and dissolved the groups. Individual members are hard to track down.
 
Mapenduzi says that the plan was for the groups to take the money, use it and refund within the first year without paying interest. Two years down the road, few of the groups have bothered to refund the money.
 
He says that while say their projects like piggery failed because of disease outbreaks, many have failed to account for the funds.
 
 
Gulu district received 389 million in 2014 for the YLP. The district also received Shs 289 million in the 2015/16 financial year. Each of the 36 groups received between Shs 5-9 million.
 
Samuel Oyet Agwani, a youth leader in Gulu, says the government did not provide adequate guidelines on who could receive the money.
 
He says the money should have been extended to youth already engaged in productive enterprises to empower them further and not to those just starting out.
 
The Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) is a Rolling Government of Uganda Program, targeting the poor and unemployed youth in 112 districts in the country being implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD).
 
The funds are advanced to the Youth Interest Groups (YIG) in form of a Revolving Fund in order to increase outreach and enhance sustainability of the Program.