Four officials of National Resistance Movement party in Jinja district are in trouble for allegedly misappropriating close to 200 million shillings.
The money was meant to start up income generating activities for women and youth in the area.
Those accused are mainly from Busedde Sub County. They include the Chairperson LC3 Zubaili Tugezeeko, Youth Chairperson Deo Mukama and Samuel Mutavuwa, who is the General Secretary for youth. Also mentioned is Nusurah Nabukalu, a district councillor for Bugembe town council.
In 2010, the Micro Finance Support Centre gave 195 million shillings to the four officials to start up a piggery and poultry projects, buy a motor-driven brick making machine, ground nut grinding machines and a compressor that inflates car tyres and sprays cars and houses. There has been confusion as to how the money was spent.
Nusura Nabukalu was given 170 million shillings to benefit 12 women groups from 12 sub counties of Jinja. However, some of the projects did not start while most of those that started collapsed. She says there was a problem of accountability and monitoring after the group leaders received the money.
Deborah Nakisindi, from Kakira Sub County says the piggery projects in Kakira were not transparently organized and many would-be beneficiaries were left out.
Deo Mukama, the youth chairperson Busedde Sub County, reportedly signed for 14 million shillings to buy the motor-driven brick making machine but instead bought a manual machine at four million shillings. Mukama is on the run since 2011.
Busedde Sub County Zubaili Tugezeko received 3.1 million shillings but has never accounted for the money.
Abudallah Kataba, Acting Busedde Sub County Youth Chairperson, says the youth have since missed out on the income generating projects and are languishing in poverty.
Farouk Kirunda, a State House official who received part of the money, says among the projects currently operational is the compressor. More than 100 youths in the area have learnt how to spray cars and 16 of them are currently earning income from the compressor located along Oboja road in Jinja. The brick and poultry rearing projects stalled after money was allegedly embezzled. Kirunda has advised the women and youths in Jinja to open up cases at the police for investigations to begin.
Efforts by our reporter to get a comment from the Micro Finance support centre were futile, as phone calls went unanswered.