However, only 25% of this money, meant to uplift the lives of the youths, has been recovered.
Many beneficiaries claim the money was a gift.
They said they thought the money had been a gift from the government for supporting president Museveni.
The government rolled out the Youth Livelihood Programme in 2013 targeting the poor and unemployed youth.
The program would help them harness their social economic potential and increase self-employment opportunities and income.
The initial budget of the fund was Shs 265 billion and in Hoima alone, the government gave Shs 1.4 billion to the youths.
Sibba Youth Development Project is a group consisting of 11 members who benefited from the funds. Each of them received 10.5 million and opted to start a piggery project to make quick profits.
‘’We knew that within two months, the pigs would have given birth to a certain number of piglets, which we would sell to get money,’’ said Anderson Tumukugize, the chairman of the group.
However, all that is left of the piggery project is a rudimentary house that housed the pigs. Then the piglets bought without accountability.
Tumukugize said in some cases, a pig would give birth to about seven piglets and most of them would die. He further said those that would survive would not grow very well.
Shockingly, with the deliberate misuse of government funds, the youths in the sub region said they are ready for more projects.
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