The Rukungiri District Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) operators with the help of the police on Tuesday arrested defaulters of the program funds and released some on condition after paying part of the money.
12 members were arrested from Bugangari Sub County and Bikurungu Town Council, Rukungiri.
Bugangari Sub County has 13 groups that benefited from 110 million but 36 million has been paid back whereas Bikurungu Town Council has 4 groups that benefited from 32 million and only 5 million has been paid back since the program was introduced in 2016 by the government.
One of the victims, Twinomugisha Justus from Ryengyerero Dealers and Brickmakers who received 7 million and paid back 830,000 says that their money was mismanagement by their leaders.
The Rukungiri District Youth Livelihood Program Focal person Harrison Mukuru who led the operation warned all those with loans to clear or report to the office for guidance before they are arrested.
Harrison noted that Youth Livelihood Program money is a revolving fund that must be paid back to benefit others. He, therefore, appealed to the youth to cooperate with his office and report defaulters to the office so that the money can be recovered to help others.
The Rukungiri District Uganda Women Empowerment Program(UWEP) Focal Person Twesime Chelline disclosed that operations for the arrest of WEP fund defaulters are beginning next month and asked those with loans to clear before they are arrested.