Opinion: Emyooga is renaming the same-old government scheme…

I got pennies for my thoughts, now I’m rich”50 Cent on ‘Patiently Waiting’ (2003)

This Get Rich or Die Tryin’ fix of the government isn’t working. They have not learned the skill from the G-Unit front-man 50 Cent nor anyone else. This is just following a boring pattern. That the government launches a new Presidential Initiative before the campaign season is also predictable.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) has so many schemes going on. They have used so many different types ways to get people out of poverty. You need a separate dictionary to remember them all. It is a own lingo for government officials and the likes.

The Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) was launched in 1992 in the Republic. The second started with Entandikwa in 1995. When that ended in 2002, they launched National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS). In 2004 they launched Rural Micro Finance Project. In the meantime there been launches of Micro Finances schemes for the public from donors and NGOs. In 2013 there was two new schemes, it was the Youth Livelihood Programme and Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).

So, in June 2019 the President finally promised the magic bullet to end poverty. Now in July 2020 the Presidential Initiative Emyooga, which is a mix of OWC and Job Creation. They are now launching it and doing so ahead of elections. Seemingly, the Office of President through its Residential District Commanders (RDCs), the Office of the Minister of State in charge Microfinance and the Microfinance Support Centre Ltd (MSC). Therefore, we know the Presidents involvement in it. Since they are using these means like OWC. We just know Gen. Salim Selah is part of this too. It wouldn’t be in this Republic if he wasn’t involved in it.

It is kind of rich that in 2020 they are relaunching the OWC in a suit calling it Emyooga. They are dropping billions of shillings on, as it was fitted into the Monetary Policy Papers for the National Budget of 2020/21.

We know this is a campaign thing. To booster a failing a project of the state. The OWC have already struggled. There been reports of failures with the OWC. The same with service delivery of SACCOs, NAADs and too.

The Emyooga will follow the same procedure as the other ones. A big show for the launch. Promise of funds, eradicate poverty and the nation to a middle income country. However, the lie is that these schemes makes the middle-men rich. A way to eat of the state and not users. The ones getting the tenders, the ones skimming the funds. It always goes that way. Also, makes for good publicity. Even if there is little to no proven results.

That is why, I’m skeptical today. Seen this before, heard the narratives before. This is just buying time. Not building things that are sustainable. A short term money infused into an area. Before leaving to the next. Without any consideration of the windfall, of the moment it runs out or what to do after the short-term spending.

That is why, so many of these schemes haven’t worked. There been no long-term plan and if they had. There was no real implementation or will to do so. Because, if they did, it would have costed and would have possibly delivered more. However, that wasn’t in the interest of the state nor its stakeholders. Since they need new schemes and new methods to get a kick-back or a pay-off for their duties. Peace.

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