Concerns over low uptake of empowerment funds in Busia

Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere has expressed concern over the low uptake of Uwezo funds in Busia County.

Speaking during the County Consultation forum on the preparation of the 3rd Medium Term Plan of the Vision 2030 in Busia on Monday, Itemere said uptake of the funds by the county stood at slightly over Sh. 1 million compared to Kakamega and Bungoma, which had an absorption rate of Sh. 14 and 13 million respectively.

There is need to interrogate why they are not accessing this fund because it is a key empowerment by the national government, he said.

He urged both youth and women to form groups and identify viable projects that can enable them repay the loans faster and apply for more.

The Director of State Department of Devolution and Planning Catherine Mwoki echoed similar sentiments, adding that if used well the funds can empower the local women through table banking.

I don’t think the fact that the amount being disbursed is little should be an issue, she said.

Participants expressed concern that the Sh. 50,000 being allocated to new groups was too little for investment, hence the need to increase.

Source: Kenya News Agency