"YOU EITHER ENHANCE YOUR LOBBYING CAPACITIES OR YOU LOOSE OUT SEGE FUND COME 2015 SAYS THE DCDO KYENJOJO DISTRICT"
Representatives of vulnerable groups have been urged to use the available opportunities and improve on their lobbying skills to avoid being labeled the poor groups while it’s not the case for the same groups in other Districts.
This was sounded by the Deputy District Speaker while officiating as one of the main speakers during a training workshop for Kyenjojo district vulnerable representatives organized by Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa on 23/4/2013 with funding support from RWECO/CEWIT.
He further highlighted the different government programs from which these members can be organized and benefit as a group such as NAADS, CDD, women & youth fund, fund for PWDs and SEGE. He cited an example of Kigarale Burden Bearer an organized group who benefited in the financial year 2012/2013.
In the related development, he noted that; vulnerable representatives are also members of the standing committees where they have an upper hand to ensure that their needs are included in the proposed activities before the paper is passed by the council.
‘You must embrace lobbying skills if you are to sustain the SEGE pilot project in Uganda’ says Mr. Twooli Yofesi who is Kyenjojo District Community Development Officer. He advised the vulnerable representatives to enhance lobbying skills that they can use to influence and sustain the current projects. He cited an example of the SEGE pilot project; which is donor funded, there has to be high level of demand and lobbying if it is to continue funding even after the 2015 contract end. He showed a fear that if the SEGE withdraw their funding there is likelihood of the elderly people losing out unless the NRM government and the vulnerable leaders set new strategies to sustain its operation.
Mrs Mugabi Margaret
Project Focal Person