12 Youths Face Arrest Over YLP Funds

Man handcuffed. PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK
Man handcuffed. PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Rukungiri District  | The Black Examiner  – Rukungiri District Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) operatives, aided by law enforcement, apprehended individuals in breach of the program’s financial commitments on Tuesday. Some of the detainees were released under certain conditions after making partial repayments.

From Bugangari Sub County and Bikurungu Town Council, Rukungiri, a total of 12 members were taken into custody.

Bugangari Sub County initially had 13 beneficiary groups, receiving a sum of 110 million. Presently, 36 million has been returned. In Bikurungu Town Council, 4 groups were beneficiaries of 32 million, yet only 5 million has been repaid since the government’s launch of the program in 2016.

Twinomugisha Justus, a recipient of 7 million for his enterprise, Ryengyerero Dealers and Brickmakers, managed to reimburse 830,000. He attributed the mishandling of their funds to the negligence of their leaders.

Harrison Mukuru, the designated individual for the Rukungiri District Youth Livelihood Program, who spearheaded this action, cautioned those with outstanding loans to settle their obligations promptly or seek counsel at the office to avoid apprehension.

Harrison emphasized that the Youth Livelihood Program’s funds operate on a cyclical basis, necessitating repayment for the benefit of others. He thus urged the youth to collaborate with his office, promptly report any non-compliance, and aid in the recovery of funds to support future beneficiaries.

Twesime Chelline, the focal person for the Rukungiri District Uganda Women Empowerment Program (UWEP), revealed that a similar operation to detain defaulters of the UWEP funds is set to commence next month. She appealed to borrowers to clear their dues prior to facing legal actions.

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