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Politicising Women Entreprenuership Programme in Unlawfull

miércoles, 18 de enero de 2017

By Amony Imaculate

The Secretary Finance and Administration at Lira Municipality Walter Opota has asked the district elected leaders not to politicize the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program in the name of supervising it.

Opota said if the program is seen as another political program of the government, it will suffer a set back as it has been with other previous programmes that were meant to alleviate poverty.

He was speaking during the Lira Municipal Stakeholders sensitization Training organised by the UWEP Regional supervisors at the municipal hall.

The fund aimed at increasing the competitive edge of women in the business sector, is targeting the teenage mothers, unemployed mothers, women with disabilities, women living with HIV, and vulnerable groups of women ranging between the ages of 18 to 65.

During the sensitization training, Walter Opota who represented the town clerk said politicians should not politicize the Program because it´s purely a government project.

Opota however added that the money is not a donation but a loan which has to be paid back, thus tasking the beneficiaries to choose the right project however little the money is.

Meanwhile Christine Anono, the Principal Community Development Officer encouraged the women to exercise good spirits by paying back the money unlike the youth who are failing to pay back the Youth Livelihood Funds.

She however stressed that there some challenges affecting their work namely the overwhelming demand for the funds and lack of transport among others.

Despite the challenges, the leaders at the workshop expressed optimism that the project will yield fruits and improve the lives of the beneficiaries.

The groups shall be funded to a tune of 12.5 million shillings each.