By Joachim Ssembuze
The State Minister for Micro Finance, Harunah Kyeyune Kasolo has revealed that a total amount of shs 184.870 billions has so far been disbursed by the micro finance centre citing that the program is still ongoing to offer financial assistance and liberation to organized Ugandan citizens.
The emyooga program is part of the presidential initiative on wealth and job creation that targets organised groups of people under their economic generating activities such as journalists, Boda Boda cyclists,
While addressing journalists on Thursday at the Uganda Media Centre, Kasolo noted that to ensure effectiveness of the program, a number of leaders have been trained to so as to boost transparency and progress.
“As a result, 247,353 leaders of associations and 2,900 SACCO leaders have been trained in basic records management, governance for effective SACCO operations,” he said.
He further noted that the Micro finance support centre has successfully trained a total of 2,809 technical district officers and equipped them with the skills and content necessary to cascade training of Emyooga.
Meanwhile, with concern the minister urged citizens and politicians not to back track government programs over differences in political affiliations.
kasolo refuted all propaganda running around that Emyooga is a political program that came into existence to aid the Ruling NRM attain votes.
“Emyooga isn’t a political program, in fact politics ended on Wednesday but government programs must continue and must be beneficial to all Ugandans irrespective of their political affiliations,” said the Minister.
“Those who thought that the program had come to aid NRM to attain votes, plz here we are disproving you and want to appeal to all Ugandans to tap and penetrate into this program,” he added.
In this aspect, the minister urged all those that lost in the recently concluded elections to concede defeat and rally behind those that emerged victors citing that Ugandans deserve effective service delivery and that this can’t be achieved without joint collaboration irrespective of difference in political ideologies.
“If you were defeated rally behind someone who defeated you and we move on because at the end of the day Uganda is bigger than all of us,” he said.
Kasolo however, urged members of the Emyooga SACCOs not to divide money and split but they should instead keep on saving for future investment.
The Program according to the minister targets to financially boost 18 SACCOs per Subcounty in Kampala and Wakiso as well as 18 SACCOs per constituency in other districts.