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KCCA Hit By Financial Crisis After UGX2 Billion Mysteriously Disappears Under Kampala Minister Betty Amongi’s Watch Says KCCA Finance Minister…..

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Doreen Nyanjura with Minister Amongi (Inset)

Makerere University Councilor who also doubles as the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Minister for Finance and Administration Doreen Nyanjura has disclosed that Covid cash that was diverted to the office of the Minister of Kampala Betty Amongi has disappeared and cannot be accounted for.

In a post on her Facebook page today evening, Nyanjura disclosed that, “The 2 billion shillings COVID19 supplementary fund as allotted to KCCA has run out. 1 billion has been expensed on emergency services by the technical team while the other 1 billion which was diverted to the Kampala Minister’s office has no trace and therefore remains unaccounted for.”

She added, “This is at a time when COVID19 infections have started taking a community infection trend. KCCA is therefore unable to provide the necessary support in form of ambulance services, Personal Protective Equipment, transport and allowances and other necessities for those at the frontline of the fight to medicate patients and curb further spreading of the virus.”

“As we face this crisis of funds, the Minister of Kampala has unilaterally decreed that the entire Political leadership, the Executive and Councillors of KCCA undertake a 14 days self-isolation. This is happening at the backdrop of the demand by the KCCA Executive leadership that the Minister accounts for the 1 billion shillings that was diverted to her,”  she said.

Nyanjura said, “The pretext of this unilateral decree to suspend the elected leadership is that some personnel at KCCA tested positive for COVID19. The said personnel are technical staff and work directly under the Minister of Kampala. These contacts being within her office, we are wondering why it’s not her and her related staffs that are to go into self-isolation.”

“It is clearly impossible for the KCCA leadership to go into isolation as the duty of resource allocation is critical to their responsibility not less in times of crisis like these where need to find resources to continue the fight against the pandemic,” she said.

Nyanjura urged the Minister of Kampala to; Retract the unilateral closure of KCCA and avails the 1 billion shillings that was diverted to her office, whose purpose is unknown, so that KCCA can continue to carry out the necessary interventions in this crisis.

“The KCCA leadership refuses to abandon the residents of Kampala at a time when there is an urgent need to solve the financial crisis at KCCA and find resources to continue the fight against the continued spread of the novel virus,” she said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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NRM CEC VETTING:  Babu Finally Pulls Out Of Race For Kigongo…

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Like we told you yesterday, former Kampala Central legislator Capt. Francis Babu has pulled out the race for National Resistance Movement (NRM) 1st Vice Chairperson leaving incumbent Hajji Moses Kigongo unopposed.

According to the party chairman President Museveni, Babu pulled out of the race in good faith for the interest of the party.

“Over the last few days, I have chaired the vetting meetings by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to draft a shortlist that will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee for voting,” Museveni said.

He added, “As we conclude the process, Captain Francis Babu, one of our own long-standing cadres and a worthy contender, having expressed interest in the position of 1st Vice Chairperson and being seconded by CEC, has pulled out of the race in good faith, for the benefit of the party.”

“While I commend Capt. Babu’s exhibition of comradeship and solidarity, I congratulate all the participants in ongoing party activities. It is my pleasure to witness the hive of activity and the number of people involved in building cohesion and continuity. Long Live the National Resistance Movement,” he said.

 

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Demolishing A Church Is A Curse – Museveni Vows To Help Ndeeba Church Retain Their Land….

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On his way to work today, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda for the very first time visited the site of the recently demolished St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
The President expressed his sorrow triggered by the ugly incident, and gave the church assurances that whoever is responsible will pay a hefty price.
Museveni stressed that the resolution to order the demolition of a church was extreme, he suggested that dialogue amongst the stakeholders would have been most appropriate to resolve the matter, however much the church could have been caught on the wrong side of the law.
“Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,” the president said, warning the general public against believing any false reports that the government is responsible for demolishing the said church.
Museveni revealed that he will very soon invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
He gave assurance that the Church will retain the disputed land at all costs, and an even better church shall be erected in the same place, publicly declaring that he has now personally involved himself in the bitter land wrangle.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Our Mass Defection Was A Collective Decision – MP Nambooze…

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has assured party members that they are still standing strong even after many of their senior members defected to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Party (NUP).

The studious politician likened DP’s current situation to a farmer who loses his crops, but remains with the seeds, hinting on replanting.

While appearing on the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS, Mao said the DP will utilise this uncertainty that has befallen their party to not only heal, but also renew and rebuild their DP house.

“DP will have to look inside itself and look for the reason as to why it has been resilient for 65 years. It is time for strategic reorientation, to look at our strengths rather than our weaknesses,” Mao said, emphasizing that they (DP) are so capable of rebuilding the party.

Mao stressed that trying times like now call for calmness, and that DP will now focus on its strengths and what has remained rather than lament on its weaknesses.

The lawyer also admitted that the MPs who defected might leave political wounds to the party, but added that they will heal and so will DP.

“They might leave scars, but they eventually heal. And gaps can always be filled. Every organization must have an inbuilt capacity to heal and renew itself.

Some people have lost both hands, but life doesn’t end there. Infact, you can find your purpose from there,” Mao said.

Betty Nambooze, one of the former key members who defected to NUP insinuated that they conveniently made the healthiest decision for them and their former party where they have been the trouble causers, adding that the transfer will now also give them an opportunity to go where they shall be utilized, because they are appreciated.

The Mukono Municipality lawmaker also revealed that their resolution to massively withdraw from DP to NUP was more collective than personal.

The outspoken journalist cum politician revealed that she could not follow her close colleague Erias Lukwago the Kampala Lord Mayor to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) because she has never fancied being a member of the Najjanankumbi based party.

She however said that she will support Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat, and not NUP’s Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon.

 

By Baron Kironde

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