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
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
“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.