By Najibu Mulema

At least 21 youth groups in Kalungu district have been cleared to receive money from the youth livelihood program.

The district senior development officer Aidah Nanziri said, the youth groups will receive over sh320 million this financial year. In the last financial year the district gave out shs338 million to over 25 youth groups.

However, a number of these groups have not paid back the funds.

The Kalungu district chief administrative officer, Davis Ddembe Beyeze said the district is yet to recover sh285 millions from the other groups.

In 2014 the government launched the youth livelihood program as a way of combating the high rates of unemployment and poverty among the youth.

Over sh265 billion has been earmarked for the five year project that will end in 2018.

The program targets unemployed and poor youths aged 18 to 30 years.

Upon receiving the money, the youths are expected to pay back after a year to also enable other groups benefit.