Oyam Group Leaders Face Arrest for Mismanaging Youth Funds

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The money in question was allocated to them during the financial year 2015/2016. It was received in July 2015 by the group chairperson Denis Ogwal, for the benefit of all 13 members of the cluster.

Leaders of Ajalo-B Animal Traction Youth Group in Iceme Sub County Oyam district face arrest for mismanaging eight million Shillings extended to them under the Youth Livelihood Support Program.

The money in question was allocated to them during the financial year 2015/2016. It was received in July 2015 by the group chairperson Denis Ogwal, for the benefit of all 13 members of the cluster.

But Oyam Resident District Commissioner Gillian Akullo says a number of members from the youth group have petitioned her office over the alleged mismanagement of funding extended to them. They accuse their group leader Denis Ogwal of putting the money to personal use.

Oyam District Community Development Officer Geoffrey Ogwal says that more than half of the 43 groups that received funds from Youth Livelihood Support Project have reportedly mismanaged the money.

Ogwal however says part of the money was used to buy two sets of oxen and the two ox ploughs under use by the group members. He commits to refund part of the money that was not out to good use.

Peter Arietua, the Oyam District Internal Security Officer says the matter is already under investigation and all persons involved in the abuse of program funds will be prosecuted.

The Youth Livelihood Support Program is one of government initiative's to address the challenge of unemployment among youths in Uganda. With an initial budget of 256 billion Shillings, the program sought to equip youth between 18-30 years with skills and start-up capital to enable them effectively participate in National development and improve their quality of life.