By Ronald Kabanza
Rukiga County Member of Parliament Herbert Kabafunzaki on Friday clashed with 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 for Micro-finance 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.
The drama 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 to 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 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 scribes.
Hon Kabafunzaki accused Councillor Mbareeba of politicizing a government project simply because he (Mbareeba) belongs to the opposition side.
“Honourable minister some leaders in Rukiga don’t want us to talk about NRM achievements as most of them are in opposition” Kabafunzaki said.
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.
He said 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.
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, Saloon 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.
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