By Ronald Kule
KASESE-Kasese municipality has only recovered twenty million out of the ninety five million Shillings that was given to youth groups under the Youth Livelihood Programme leaving an outstanding balance of seventy five million shillings.
The money in question was given to youth groups in central and Nyamwamba divisions in the first phase of the youth livelihood project but since then the funds’ beneficiaries have not obeyed the paying back procedures.
Among the defaulting groups is WAYOC youth group which was given close to nine million shillings, basecamp youth which received about seven million shillings.
Another ghost youth group was cited by the Nyamwamba division female youth councilor Ester Biira which she said was given about eight million but its existence is not evident.
Saleverio Mukobi the Kasese Municipal Assistant Town Clerk however says there are high chances of recovering the outstanding balance with the new methods deployed of tasking the defaulters to strictly pay back by the end of November this year or face arrest.
Mukobi says they are now harsh on the defaulting groups to pay back before the municipal council receives another consignment of one hundred sixty seven million shilling from government by December this year.
Some of the defaulting youth groups are said to have misappropriated the funding thinking that it was campaign cash from NRM government coupled with low enforcement and monitoring by municipal officials.
However in Bulembia division, the rate of recovery is high with the six groups that were given 29million shillings between 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years repaying back steadily.
According to the division town clerk Mrs. Alice Kambale Ferigo, all the 6 groups have made repayments to a tune of 16 million in the first collection phase.
Youth livelihood program is a government of Uganda funded project under the ministry of labour, gender and social economic development to help youths generate projects for self-economic reliance. END