Teachers Protest As Luweero Teachers' SACCO Acknowledge Receiving Cheque Amidst Controversies

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Palma Adongo, a teacher Kikunyu Primary school has asked the president to intervene and clear confusion on the fund or else it may not benefit them.

Teachers in Greater Luweero districts have joined Uganda National Teachers' Union to protest the decision by the Education Ministry to channel their revolving fund through the Micro Finance Support Center citing high interest rates. It comes a week after, Jessica Alupo, the minister of education launched the Teachers' Sacco fund at the Micro Finance Support centre headquarters at Kololo Crescent.
During the launch, Alupo claimed that Mukono-Kayunga and Luweero Teacher's Sacco had received UGX 500M and UGX 140 Million respectively in fulfillment of the pledge by President Yoweri Museveni. She said teachers from other districts would receive their share from the regional Micro Finance Support Centers.

Charles Mutumba, the General Secretary Luwero teachers' Sacco admits that, the SACCO received a cheque of UGX 140 million following their application for an agricultural loan from Micro Finance Support Center and submitted land titles as securities. Mutumba says he has got information that the cheque has matured and the applicants will get loans at normal interest rates.
However, teachers in the districts that include Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola have protested the decision to channel their money through Micro Finance Center and Luweero Teachers' SACCO. Joseph Mawanda, the chairperson Nakaseke Headteachers' Association says since the money from the president was a grant they should be given loans at a very small interest rate.

He says Luweero teachers' SACCO charge 28 percent as interest and there are no plans to reduce it. Mawanda also claims that, not all teachers in the district subscribe to the SACCO and shouldn't be forced to join. David Ssenyondwa, a teacher at Kiwoko Primary school says the high interest rates will push away borrowers, which may affect the intention of the President to give teachers soft loans. 

Grace Langoya, a teacher at Target Community College says going by media reports on the performance of Micro Finance Center, the fund could be messed up.
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Palma Adongo, a teacher Kikunyu Primary school has asked the president to intervene and clear confusion on the fund or else it may not benefit them.

Richard Ssembajjwe, the Chairperson of UNATU-Luweero branch says that the Union's SACCO plans to charge between 5-10 % as handling fees, which he says is reasonable.
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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.