Fort Portal Resident City
Commissioner - RCC Rodgers Mbabazi, has blocked the issuance of certificates to
Emyooga Saccos in the two divisions of Fort Portal Tourism city.
This followed the failure by the
Commercial Officer, Michael Karwani, to avail lists of all the members of
individual associations that make up each of the 36 Emyooga Saccos in the city.
On Thursday and Friday, Karwani and
his team moved to train the leaders of the Saccos with a plan of giving them
certificates that would enable them to access Emyooga funds that the government
deposited on their accounts.
However, Mbabazi, who was invited to
both training programs realized that even when the funds were already on the accounts
of respective Saccos, the commercial office did not readily have records of all
the members that were intended to benefit from the programme.
Mbabazi argued that without the
lists, it would be very risky to issue the certificates to the Saccos. He said
that even members of associations that make up the Emyooga groups did not know
each other and that this alone would fail their operations.
He told Karwani during the Friday
training of Sacco leaders from Central Division at Kyebambe Girls' Secondary
School main hall that even though the lists of names were sent to Ministry of
Finance, there was a need to have similar lists in his office for easy follow-up.
Mbabazi said as an RCC, it would be
practically impossible to follow up on what the groups are doing when their
names of members are unknown.
He based on these reasons to stop
Karwani from issuing the certificates until lists of all names of associations
in the city are with him.
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On his part, Karwani said that the
lists could be with division commercial officers and said he needed time to
pick them and hand them over to Mbabazi. Meanwhile, Mbabazi's decision to
block the issuance of certificates rubbed the Sacco members the wrong
Robert Mugume, who said he was part
of the Salon operators Sacco, said that if Karwani knew that he did not have
the lists of names of the beneficiaries, he would have waited to call them for
Mugume argued that they wasted their
time and money in the process, adding that the funds had already over delayed
and they did not want to waste more time.
But the RCC told the leaders that
his decision was for their own good and asked them to be patient, promising
that that once he receives the lists, he will ask Karwani to immediately give
out the certificates.
Emyooga is a
Presidential initiative on job and wealth creation that targets 19 clusters
including restaurants owners, Boda-Boda, women entrepreneurs, carpenters, salon
operators, journalists, People with Disabilities, Fishermen, Mechanics,
performing artist and taxi operators. Each constituency is expected to receive
560 Million Shillings.
The estimated nationwide budget for the Emyooga programme is 260 Billion Shillings.
Of this, Kampala and Wakiso districts were allocated 26 billion and 14 billion
Shillings respectively. An additional 10 billion Shillings is earmarked to support groups that do not
fall in the original Emyooga categories like visual artists, waitress and
waitresses and gym instructors among others.