The Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has donated Shs 10m to musician Rebecca Jingo, to boost her music career.
The envelope containing the funds was delivered to Jingo on Friday night by Maj Chris Magezi, the spokesperson of Muhoozi’s office.
“This money is meant to help you record more songs and grow your music career,” said Magezi at Club Obbligato in Kampala where Jingo held a music show.
Magezi, who addressed the large audience of music enthusiasts in Luganda, said the youth need to contact the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development for information about economic empowerment programmes.
Billions of shillings have since been set aside for the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP), Youth Venture Capital Fund, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme, Green Jobs Programme, Externalization of Labour Programme and Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment.
“The youth need to utilise these funds to overcome poverty and create wealth,” added Magezi.
He also encouraged the youth to embrace the music and sports sectors for physical fitness and career development.
Magezi said Jingo wrote to Muhoozi, inviting him for today’s concert. Muhoozi was unable to turn up due to other assignments.
“Jingo is a good singer. She dances well. If you have a talent, make good use of it. Muhoozi sent me to tell you he will be supporting the economic empowerment of the youth,” said Magezi as the crowd cheered on.
The Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana recently said YLP funds carry zero-interest on repayments made within the first 12 months and five percent for the repayments after 12 months.
He said accessing the funds does not require physical assets or collateral security and that beneficiaries are given a flexible repayment period of 1-3 years.
The PS further said no administrative fees are levied on any application.
Repayments and amounts to be repaid and durations depend on the nature of enterprises and project maturity period.
Bigirimana revealed that his ministry has so far disbursed Shs 156bn to 19,772 youth groups, benefiting 237,395 youth of whom 46 percent are female.
Most of the funds have been injected into agriculture (32 percent), trade (28 percent) and services (22 percent), industry (five percent) and vocational skills (four percent).
Video: Rebecca Jingo’s backup dancers entertaining fans at her music concert at Club Obbligato in Kampala on Friday night
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Jingo speaks out
Jingo could not hide her excitement, saying Muhoozi’s gesture would go a long way in inspiring artistes.
“I am very grateful. We pray that Muhoozi also continues to support other artistes to growth their talents.”
Muhoozi has previously supported youth ventures in Kampala and other parts of the country through donations.
The music show was graced by musicians Mesach Semakula, Mariam Ndagire, Sophie Nantongo among others.
Jingo also doubles as a presenter on Beat Fm.