This program seeks to enable Ugandans in the informal sector to boost their household incomes. They will do this by growing people’s small businesses through saving in SACCOs and borrowing small interest rates.
The minister however says he has found a very hard time implementing this program because they have politicized it a lot.
“I have found a hard time mobilizing people to join Emyooga program. Many didn’t appreciate it thinking it was a political tool yet it is aimed at alleviating poverty. People can’t get rich while getting handouts from the government but rather saving and investing. Emyooga is being talked about by many but well as it came during campaign time, it was not political but that was the time it was meant to be implemented,” Kasolo says.
However, the minister says partnering with Buganda will ensure successful implementation of the program. This is because the government can use Buganda’s structures to reach out to the population.
“The program is aimed at ensuring financial inclusion and will record more success if we partner with institutions like Buganda.”
Due to this, the minister yesterday met with Buganda heads led by the Katikiro, Peter Mayiga. He said they are ready and willing to work with the government regarding this program.
“We are ready to work with your team on this program. We shall soon dispatch team of technical people to work out a program with you on how to implement this partnership and to benefit our people.”
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