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Amudat officials impersonate journalists to benefit from Emyooga funds

A section of civil servants in Amudat registered themselves as journalist to benefit from Emyooga funds. URN/File Photo

Amudat, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Amudat Resident District Commissioner William Bwatum, and LC V chairperson Joseph Lobot were shocked last week after learning that some civil servants had impersonated journalists to benefit from the Emyooga program. Information about the ghost journalist’s Sacco came to the fore three days before the group could receive money into their accounts.

“Am shocked that some of our civil servants formed a group calling themselves journalists yet we don’t have journalists based in Amudat, and in our verification it’s our district officials doing this, “he said. According to Bwatum, they have decided to disband all Emyooga groups and form new ones because of their discovery.

Joseph Lobot, the Amudat LC V chairperson says that he will not tolerate civil servants who promote corruption. “Not under my leadership, how can you be an agriculture officer claiming to be a journalist? This is unacceptable,” he said.  The officials did not name the implicated civil servants.

He also recommended that all the existing groups be registered afresh. John Chemutai, a butcher in Amuda, said that most people had registered their relatives as beneficiaries in the Emyooga Saccos. “I am happy that the office of the RDC and the district LCV chairperson have discovered this rot and they should deal with it accordingly, “he said.

Through the Emyooga program, government expects to disburse money to various groups as a startup for income-generating activities to boost their income and welfare.



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