Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator Under Fire for Defying Presidential Directive

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In short
The pledge, made in 2012, was to enable youth leaders to elevate their income. The would-be beneficiaries include nine youth council leaders, five National Resistance Movement NRM party Youth League leaders and two District youth Councilors.

Lt Col Charles Tebarura, the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation in Kabale district and Beda Mwebesa, the district Production Officer are under fire for ignoring a presidential directive on the distribution of heifers.


This follows a petition by the Kabale District Youth Chairperson John Bosco Namara to the office of the Western Region Youth Member of Parliament demanding for an explanation as to why a presidential pledge of heifers to sixteen youth leaders was never honored.


The pledge, made in 2012, was to enable youth leaders to elevate their income. The would-be beneficiaries include nine youth council leaders, five National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Youth League leaders and two District youth Councilors.

Namara says that although he has on several occasions asked about the status of the pledge from Mwebesa, the Kabale District Production Officer and, Lieutenant Tebarura, the Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator in the district, he has not received any sound explanation.
 
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Sam Arinaitwe, the former Kabale District Youth Chairperson, one of the would-be beneficiaries says that he has received information that the District has received 199 heifers in the last two phases. He however expresses disappointment that they were sidelined during the distribution.
 
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Western Region Youth Member of Parliament Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama says that he has also petitioned Florence Kabahweza Kashaka, the Presidential Assistant on Pledges and Welfare for intervention.


Mwine Mpaka explains that NAADS Secretariat released 199 heifers in 2015 well knowing that the youth leaders will be considered as a way of fulfilling a presidential pledge. Mpaka says that Mwebesa and Tebarura need to explain why they never followed the President's orders, guidelines and the list of beneficiaries.
 
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Meanwhile Hashaka says that failure by Kabale District leaders to consider the presidential pledge is unfortunate. Hashaka ordered district leaders to first give sixteen heifers out of the 48 remaining heifers to the youth leaders.
 
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It remains unclear when the Secretariat will release the remaining 48 heifers.
 
In his defense, Mwebesa says that the names of the youth were mistakenly omitted from the list of the beneficiaries by a photocopier. Beda also admits that the District has received 199 heifers.
 
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tebarura, the Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator for Kabale District says that he couldn't identify the youth leaders on the list of beneficiaries since there was no age.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.