By John Unzima
Adjumani-The Commissioner of parliament Robinah Nabanja has slammed Adjumani district leadership for failing to help the Women in the district in accessing the Woman entrepreneurship fund.
The fund is meant to assist the women alleviate poverty and ensure economic independence for the women. But few women groups have been formed to benefit from the funds. The Kibale District Woman MP made the remarks while representing the speaker of the parliament at a function at Eleukwe primary School.
The comments of the commissioner arose by an earlier appeal made by Adjumani LCV chairman James Leku urging government to increase fund allocated for Women in the district.
Adjumani district received Shillings 183 million under Women entrepreneurship fund its access has been marred by controversy. The women argue that little information about the funds have been provided by especially politicians and the civil servants.
Commissioner of Parliament Robina Nabanji flanked by Adjumani district officials at Eleukwe Primary School Play grounds Photo by John Unzima.
Leku said there are sixty women groups in the district, six from each of the ten Sub-counties and claimed that this because funding is insufficient the fury of the commissioner.
“Please Am asking you (MPs) to lobby more funds from the government for women especially for Adjumani district,” Leku said.
In 2016, government allocated shillings 53 billion to improve on business for women. The funds, are accessed through the women groups ranging from 10 to 15 memberships, with the major focus on unemployed women and vulnerable groups such as single young mothers, widows, disabled, women living with HIV/Aids and slum dwellers.
But in response, the commissioner faulted the district leadership and district Women Council for failing the help the Women access the funds.
MP Nabanja said the fact that there are only sixty women groups in the district shows that there is laxity from the leadership in helping out the women.
“There is problem, pull up your socks, help the women to access these funds earlier,” Nabanja said.
Women carry loaves of bread to Arua town market. The women’s fund supports such group of women to expand their business. Photo by Felix
In what turn out to a sensitization campaign the commissioner informed the local leadership in the district about the roles in ensuring the women get the funds.
“Nothing will go to Kampala unless it is endorsed by Women Council therefore form groups before your fund is allocated to another district,” The Commissioner said.
In February angry Women stormed the offices of LCIII Adjumani Town Council accusing the community development officer Christopher Odendi for giving out interest forms to relatives, a claim, West Nile Press could not readily verify.