Nadduli Clashes With Luwero Youths Over Shs 20 Million

1232 Views Luweero, Uganda

In short
A rift has emerged between youth groups in Luwero and the district chairman, Hajji Abdul Nadduli over the 20 million shillings given to youths in the district to create jobs.

A rift has emerged between youth groups in Luwero and the district chairman, Hajji Abdul Nadduli over the 20 million shillings given to youths in the district to create jobs.

The ministry for Luweero Triangle through its Luweero-Rwenzori Development Programme gave out 20 million shillings to the youths in the 13 sub counties of Luweero to start income generating projects. The money was deposited on district bank accounts in the 2010/2011 financial year.
The youths now accuse Nadduli of allegedly blocking the release of the money after taking office in May 2011. Nadduli, however, says the money was too small to be shared among hundreds of youths in the district. He says he advised the youths to form farmers’ groups in order to get the money.

Nadduli adds that the criteria for selecting few individuals to get the money could spark confusion among the youths. Nadduli says he ordered them to identify more than one acre of land, where they can plant maize and beans as a project which yields profits easily.

However, the youths opposed Nadduli’s directive and accused him of diverting the money to farming to create room for swindling it. They want the money to be distributed to individuals so that they can boost capital in their own businesses.

Moses Mivule, the secretary of Mukisa bicycle community transport group says the youths have no land to engage in agriculture. He adds that the district should give out the money to help the unemployed youth start businesses, boost existing businesses and give soft loans to individuals on revolving basis.

Mivule says that the bureaucracy could result into mismanagement. He notes that he petitioned the minister for Luweero Triangle, Rose Namayanja to order Hajji Nadduli to release the money immediately because it has overstayed on the district account.

The district youth councilor, Samuel Mulwana says they have failed to get land for agriculture after the land owners declined to lease out land to what he calls poor youths.

Luweero-Rwenzori Development Programme stimulates economic development of 39 districts that are found in central and western regions, which were affected by the 1981-1986 National Resistance Army liberation war and the 1996 to 2002 ADF insurgency.


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.