Beneficiaries Of Luwero-Rwenzori Programme Cry Foul

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In Kabarole, the project is intended to benefit 350 households in counties of Kibiito, Katebwa, Rubona and Rwimi sub counties in Bunyagabu County that were affected by the ADF insurgency.

Beneficiaries of the Luwero-Rwenzori development programme in Kabarole district are crying foul over alleged mismanagement of the program. In 2010, the government launched the Luweero-Rwenzori development program to help improve the livelihood of communities affected by the 1981-1986 NRA guerrilla war and the 1996-2003 Allied Democratic Forces rebel insurgency.

In Kabarole, the project is intended to benefit 350 households in counties of Kibiito, Katebwa, Rubona and Rwimi sub counties in Bunyagabu County that were affected by the ADF insurgency. However some of the intended beneficiaries like widows and child-headed families have been left out of the program.

They are accusing the local leaders and Kabarole district officials of sidelining them and including their relatives and friends on the list of beneficiaries. In Katebwa Sub County, most of the widows struggle to earn a living as they take care of their children. The widows live in mud and wattle houses, with leaking roofs. Some of them sleep on dry banana leaves because they can’t afford a mattress.

Grace Magezi, a widow says that her husband was killed in 2002 when ADF rebels attacked Katebwa trading centre. Magezi says that her name was included on the list of the beneficiaries but it was scrapped under unclear circumstances. She says that she was supposed to receive funds and start a piggery and poultry projects.

Magezi argues that since their husbands who were the bread winners died during the insurgency, they need funds to set up projects, which will improve their livelihoods.

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In Kisomoro Sub County, child headed families live in abject poverty and hunger, without any support, despite being provided for in the programme.  Steven Ochakara, the Kabarole District Chief Administrative Officer who is in charge of monitoring the program admits there are irregularities.
  
He says that he has teamed up with members of the district security committee to investigate allegations of ghost beneficiaries. Ochakara however says that some of the beneficiaries were left out, because they refused to avail the district authorities with identification documents. 

The districts benefiting from the 540 billion shillings programme are Luwero, Lyantonde, Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Lwengo, Masindi and Kiryandongo. Others are Mbarara, Mityana, Mpigi, Gombe, Mukono, Buikwe, Buvuma, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Wakiso, Rakai, Sembabule and Mubende.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.