Rukiga Politicians clash over Emyooga Project

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Minister of State for Microfinance Hon Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo addressing Rukiga District leaders EMYOOGA
Minister of State for Microfinance Hon Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo addressing Rukiga District leaders EMYOOGA

RUKIGA- Rukiga County Member of Parliament Hon Herbert Kabagunzaki was on Friday put on spot by the Rukiga District Male Youth Councillor Micheal Mbareeba Kwarikunda over the Presidential initiative on Wealth and job Creation (Emyooga) in front of the State Minister of Micro-finance Hon Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo. 

“Emyooga” is a Rukiga/Runyankole word literally translated as “Skills” and it is a Presidential initiative designed to empower Ugandans economically with special skills.

It all started when Mbareeba  accused some politicians of politicizing government project and without mentioning any names, said that some politicians in Rukiga District had already started claiming ownership of  the Emyooga project, yet according to him it was meant to benefit all Ugandans regardless of their political affiliation.

“I want thank the Honorable Minister for implementing this government program that will help all people but some politicians in Rukiga have been going around on radio stations saying that they are the ones that are bringing the project and only  invited the Minister to Launch it “. Mbareba said. 

However this did not go well with Hon Herbert Kabafunzaki who was present and shot back saying it was morally and legally right for him to talk about the project since it was an initiative of the ruling NRM party to which he subscribes. 

Hon Kabafunzaki accused Councilor Mbareeba  of politicizing a government project simply because he (Mbareeba) belongs to the opposition side.

“Honourable minister some leaders in Rukiga dont want us to talk about NRM achievements as most are in opposition” Kabafunzaki said.

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Minister Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo however warned Rukiga District Leaders against politicizing the “Emyooga” project as it’s a government Project and no politician should start confusing the people saying that it was unfortunate that some political leaders had continued to put forward their political agendas at the expense of their voters who are living in poverty.

“It’s true that the project is part of the NRM Manfesto, but the beneficiaries were less interested in its origin but rather the purpose”. Minister Kyeyune said. 

Hon Kyeyune said that Government will only give funding to groups of skilled men and women organized in SACCOS at constituency level and the beneficiaries include Mechanics, Salon Operators, Boda Boda Riders, Taxi Drivers and Journalists among others.

The Ministry of Microfinance has already received the funds and each SACCO would receive Ugx 30 million as seed capital.

Rukiga Resident District Commissioner Pulkeria Mwine Muhindo asked leaders to put aside their political differences and work together in Unity for the development of Rukiga district.