Two Held in Kaberamaido over Youth Livelihood Program Funds

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The suspects are John Peter Edilu, 25, a member of Olumai youth piggery project and William Egwanyu, 28, the group chairperson. Its reported that the youth received a total of five million Shillings to finance the purchase of 10 piglets but reportedly shared it amongst themselves.

Police in Kaberamaido district is holding two youth leaders over alleged misappropriation of funds meant to finance the implementation of the Youth Livelihood Program.

The suspects are John Peter Edilu, 25, a member of Olumai youth piggery project and William Egwanyu, 28, the group chairperson. It's reported that the youth received a total of five million Shillings to finance the purchase of 10 piglets but reportedly shared it amongst themselves.

James Epalu Enyuru, the chairperson task force committee for Youth Livelihood Program for Aperikira Sub County says the group did not purchase any piglet as planned.

The sub county received a total of 25 million Shillings two years ago to finance five youth groups under the Youth Livelihood program.  Sam Ongodia, the district Youth Livelihood Program focal person says only four million shillings have since been recovered from the five benefiting groups.

Enyuru also the Aperikira Gombolola Internal Security Officer-GISU says they are currently conducting operations to apprehend beneficiaries who misappropriated the funds and improve repayment by the beneficiaries in the area.

The groups are Apokemado piggery, Okuku goat rearing; Agulu and Awii-rice c produce buying and selling. The suspects are now held at Aperikira police outpost pending transfer to Kaberamaido CPS.  Eight other members and leaders of the same group are on the run.

The Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) is a government initiative targeting the poor and unemployed youth in all the districts in the country. The Programme, implemented under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is financed by government with an initial budget of 265 billion over a period of five years.

Jimmy Ebil , Kaberamaido Resident District Commissioner is worried about the slow repayment of funds.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.