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Kassanda PWDs Bicker over 20m Presidential Donation

Kassanda Youth with Disabilities’ Association was one of the thirteen youth groups that was promised to share over 260 million donated by the President in November.
President Museveni handing over a customized dummy cheque to kassanda PWDs’ Association in November last year.

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Youths with disabilities in Kassanda District are bickering over 20 million shillings which was donated to the group by President Yoweri Museveni.

Kassanda Youth with Disabilities’ Association was one of the thirteen youth groups that was promised to share over 260 million donated by the President in November. 

However, although other groups have since received the presidential donation, members in the PWD group claim that their leaders have over time told them that the funds have not been released which has triggered confusion, discontent and anger among group members.  

Rashid Ssemwoerere, male councillor representing PWDs, notes that although they have received information from the President’s office that the money was sent to the respective associations’ account, signatories to the PWDs association’s account have insisted that the account has never been credited. 

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Regina Nanteza, the Association’s chairperson, notes that although she is being accused for having cheated other members, she has never seen the funds.     

Nanteza argues that there is a group of people, whom she, however, doesn’t want to disclose, who instructed them to formulate an association two days before the president’s visit and appointed her chairperson. However, she insists that when the account was opened, she was not a signatory.   

She adds that when they received information that the donation had been released, she inquired from the members only to be told that there were some matters being handled before funds are given out to different members in the association.  

“They told us to form sub- groups so that each group is given a loan of shilling 500,000 which we were to invest in our different activities and return after a given period of time without interest,” Nanteza narrated to Uganda Radio Network adding that there was a colleague who was closely following the matter but also got bedridden and since then she doesn’t know what happened.

In the last two weeks, several members whose names were registered in the association have threatened to pitch camp at statehouse in protest. 

Ziad Kalema, the interim LCV Chairperson Kassanda, says he is aware of the controversies surrounding the donation and he is closely following to ensure that the matter is settled.

However, Kalema notes that the 20 million shillings in question was not given to all PWDs in Kassanda.

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