1,400 Groups to Benefit From Emyooga Program in Gulu City

But the majority of the groups have protested the move to have them under a SACCOS and the money later be distributed to their different associations.
18 Nov 2020 09:29

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More than 1,400 groups are set to benefit from the Presidential Initiative on wealth creation.

The program was introduced by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni this year to offer seeds capital to the informal sectors that come together to form groups.

Each successful group which comprises saloon operators, Boda-boda operators, journalists, produce dealers, women, business communities, youth, carpentry and joinery among others will receive thirty million shillings’ seeds capital. 

Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner disclosed that documents of 1,442 groups have been successfully verified and submitted to the Uganda Cooperative Alliance for consideration. 

Of the groups, 538 are from Pece division, 358 from Bardege, 247 from Layibi division and 299 from Laroo division. 

Lapolo explained that they received overwhelming applications from groups seeking to benefit from the programs but others were not successful because they did not meet the required criteria. 

He added that the various Community Development departments within Gulu City have already started financial and economic training of the successful groups. 

But the majority of the groups have protested the move to have them under a SACCOS and the money later be distributed to their different associations. 

For instance, all saloon operators in each division will be grouped as one, form a SACCOS and the 30 Million Shillings be deposited to their accounts then later distributed to the smaller associations. 

Robert Jang Jok, the General Secretary for Can Kelo Diro Group in the Pece division said that the idea is unwise and will promote corruption. 

He advised that all monies must be channelled to each association`s account depending on the budget. 

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Walter Nyeko, another beneficiary from Vanguard Parish told URN that the idea of forming SACCOS to deposit money as opposed to depositing money in each association`s account is unrealistic.

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Filder Apiyo, the Chairperson Kica Ber Produce Dealers in Vanguard Parish said that in 2016 various groups in Gulu City missed out supports to saving groups by the President after one SACCO group monopolized all the processes and took all the money amounting to over one Billion Shillings. 

But the RDC says that he could not make any comment over the concerns arguing that the entire process is being handled by the central government.  

A total of 150 Billion Shillings has so far been released for the Emyooga out of the 260 Billion Shillings.