Kabafunzaki directed that the ambulance, which he allegedly bought with his share of the 20 million Shillings COVID-19 allocation to MP's, is handed to Kamwezi Health Centre IV in Kamwezi Sub County. He, however, added that he would withdraw it when COVID-19 pandemic is over.
A dispute has erupted between Hebert Kabafunzaki, the Rukiga
County Member of Parliament, district officials and residents over an
ambulance. The dispute started after Kabafunzaki handed over an
ambulance registration number UAU 677X to Rukiga District COVID-19 Taskforce to
transport patients from villages to health centres.
Kabafunzaki directed that the ambulance, which he allegedly
bought with his share of the 20 million Shillings COVID-19 allocation to MP's, is handed to Kamwezi Health Centre IV in Kamwezi Sub County. He, however, added
that he would withdraw it when COVID-19 pandemic is over.
But the district officials and
residents questioned the move, saying it contradicted the guidance given to all MPs' when they were advised to give the money to the COVID-19 task force in the district or return it to the Parliamentary Commission. They faulted Kabafunzaki for declining to
release the logbook of the ambulance to
the district, yet the keys were also given to his political assistant, and not the task force.
District officials also doubted the sale agreement, saying while
the amount in words indicated that the ambulance was bought at 25 million Shillings, the amount in figures is 20 million Shillings. Rukiga Resident District
Commissioner Purikeria Muhindo Mwine says they didn’t compel Kabafunzaki to handover the ambulance
keys and other documents because he promised to meet the cost of fuel, service
and driver’s allowances.
He explains that in case residents want to use the ambulance
they will have to first liaise with the taskforce to contact the one who is in
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Rukiga District Vice Chairperson Jackson Muganiizi
says that Kabafunzaki only organized a function to handover the ambulance, which he
later drove and parked at Kamwezi police station. He says they lost hope of
owning the ambulance as the district after Kabafunzaki declined to handover it
logbook and the purchase agreement.
Muganiizi says there is no way Kabafunzaki can assure the public that he has donated an ambulance to the district after buying it using
Shillings 20 million he shared from parliament and decided to hold onto it.
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Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Male Youth
Councilor, says Kabafunzaki is only hoodwinking voters so that they believe
that he fully utilised 20 million Shillings he received from parliament. Kwarikunda adds that the said ambulance is owned by Kabafunzaki's Personal assistant, a Resident of Hamurwa town council
in Rubanda district.
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But Kabafunzaki insists that he bought the ambulance at 20 million
Shillings after securing a discount from the seller. He adds that in addition to the ambulance, he has
already invested more than 12 million Shillings to print and distribute 10,000
posters sensitising residents about COVID-19.