Youth Leaders Flee Homes over Livelihood Fund Mismanagement

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The district disbursed over 419 million Shillings to finance activities of 82 youth groups under the program in 2014. However, to date, only 77 million Uganda Shillings has been recovered from only of56 groups. Members of the other groups that benefited from the funding cannot be tracked

A number of Youth Livelihood Program beneficiaries in Kaberamaido district are on the run following an operation mounted in search of persons who failed to refund borrowed money.

The district disbursed over 419 million Shillings to finance activities of 82 youth groups under the program, initiated as a rolling fund to fight unemployment and poverty across the country.

The funding which was extended to organized youth groups attracted no interest for repayments made within the first twelve months and a five percent per annum surcharge for repayments made after the initial 12 months.

However, to date, only 77 million Uganda Shillings has been recovered from only of56 groups. Members of the other groups that benefited from the funding cannot be tracked. Sam Ongaria, the district Youth Livelihood Program focal person says that the district authorities have teamed with police to search for all the beneficiaries, in a desperate attempt to recover the money.

Among those being questioned is Ecinu piggery group, which received four million Shillings to buy 10 piglets and has only repaid only 500,000 Shillings.

Others are; Ararak youth piggery project which received three million Shillings to buy nine piglets, Majengo; a hairdressing group received three million Shillings to set up a saloon and Majengo B youth piggery project which received about three million Shillings to purchase 10 piglets. However leaders in all these groups are reported to be in hiding.

In Aperikira Sub County, 25 million Shillings was released to finance activities of four youth groups; Apokemado piggery, Okuku goat rearing, Agulu and Awii-rec produce buying and selling. These have only refunded four million Shillings altogether.

Patrick Ecimu, the assistant community development officer at Kaberamaido Town Council says most beneficiaries' reportedly shared the money and subsequently dissolved the groups.

Anna Grace Atim, a councillor at Kaberamaido Town Council faulted local leaders for misguiding  beneficiaries not to return the money saying it was a reward from President Museveni. She encouraged them to ensure that they repay the money so that other youths can also benefit from the program.

Soroti, Serere, Amuria, Katakwi, and Kumi were recently listed among the worst performing districts with low percentage of Youth Livelihood Program loan repayment.

Soroti received 547 million Shillings and funded 87 youth groups. However only 40 million Shillings has been repaid while Amuria got 586 million shillings and financed activities of 124 groups and only 53 groups have so far repaid.

Katakwi received 784 million shillings, financed 96 groups but only recovered 35 million Shillings from 42 groups. In Kumi district, out of 437 million Shillings, only 29 million Shillings has been recovered.

 

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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.