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UNATU Not Organised To Manage UGX 5B SACCO - MPs

The parliamentary committee on education and sports has said it will not approve the appropriation of the 5 billion shillings earmarked for Uganda National Teachers Union (Unatu) SACCO citing disorganization within the association. The 5 billion shillings was allocated to the teachers SACCO in the 2013/2014 budget.

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The parliamentary committee on education and sports has said it will not approve the appropriation of the 5 billion shillings earmarked for Uganda National Teachers Union (Unatu) SACCO citing disorganization within the association.

After the meeting between the committee members, Unatu itself and the officials from the Ministry of Education, the committee concluded that Unatu has no plan of how that money will be managed.

The chairperson of the committee Sylvia Namabidde said that for the committee to approve the appropriation of the money, Unatu and the ministry will first draft a plan of how the funds will be managed and present it to the committee.

 

The committee also resolved that the two entities should first sign a memorandum of

understanding as a guiding document on how the money will be supervised and how it will be distributed to the beneficiaries.

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The minister of state for primary education Kamanda Bataringaya admitted that the Ministry has not  reached any agreement with Unatu, but pledged to do the needful to ensure that the association gets the money and puts it to good use.

 

The MPs also expressed concern over the leadership of Unatu Savings and Credit Co-operative or SACCO asking why all the people in its charge come from one region.

After Unatu Deputy Secretary General Pidson Bale revealed the names of the leaders of the SACCO who were elected by the members of the Union, the MPs raised concerns about all of them coming from the central region.

Nebbi district woman MP Christine Acayo said that the leadership of the SACCO does not have a national outlook adding that it should be revised before they receive the funds.

The 5 billion shillings was allocated to the teachers SACCO in the 2013/2014 budget.

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