By: Ssebuufu Banabakintu
The youth in the greater Mubende have attributed the failure of Youth Livelihood Programme among others to corrupt officials handling the project and lack of induction training before dishing out money to the youths to be injected in various projects.
Government earmarked Ug.Shs.85 billions into the YLP, but it remains a big question to the ministry of gender and social development whether the money has yielded results to the beneficiaries.
Group leaders have come out to testify that many of them were asked to sign documents which were not worth the actual sum of money received, which has resulted into defaulting payment and youth disappearing with no trace.
Youth leaders in the districts of Mubende, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Mityana and Mpigi have anonymously resolved to ask government through the ministry of gender to halt the project and induct the youths on how the project is being implemented, since it has registered miss allocation of funds meant for development projects countrywide.
During a consultative meeting organized by Uganda National Youth Council at Kasenyi Church Hall, in Mubende town which attracted attendance from the five districts of grater Mubende, the youths said the government could have had a better plan for the youth but the technical staffs at Sub County levels and community development officers in these districts have sabotaged it.
Tyaba Francis, The youth chairperson for Mubende municipality, Ssempijja Francis, from Malangala in Mityana, Nantume Costah from Bukomero Town council in Kiboga district and Olyema Habib from Nsambya in Kyankwanzi lamented that the youths lacked technical guidance and monitoring from technocrats and most of the youth never wanted to receive the money in groups since they have various business ideas for investment.
Responding to these grievances, the chairperson National Youth Council Lillian Abbey said youth participation in Youth Livelihood Program and Operation Wealth Creation is paramount as the country strives for a middle income status thus appealing to supervisors like the community development officers to desist from corruption tendencies.
She objected the resolution suspending the programme but said what should be done is to find possible support to the programme and have the challenges clearly addressed.
Lillian suggested for a review by supporting the functioning groups and allocate more money into monitoring, sensitization and training groups before money is released.
“We need to employ pro-active ways of recovering this money from defaulters than having youth arrested. The programme needs to be reviewed urgently and have our youths empowered” Lillian Abbey said.