Three relatives of Francis Ruhamyakaaka, one of the those murdered at Nakateeta Village Kisekka sub-county in Lwengo district have formally complained to Lwengo Resident District Commissioner over their condolence fees that went into the wrong hands.
Patrick Mbabazi, an
officer in the Lwengo District police Criminal Investigations
Department-CID is on spot for presenting fake relatives of machete
victims to President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Early this month, 25 people from
families that lost their relatives in machete
attacks in Masaka sub-region
met President Museveni at State House in Nakasero. Each representative received
Shillings 10million from the president as condolence fees.
However, it is now emerging
that some of the beneficiaries were not relatives to the machete victims and that unscrupulous
individuals including security officers that coordinated the movement
of the beneficiaries shared the money.
Three relatives of Francis Ruhamyakaaka, one of the those murdered at Nakateeta
Village Kisekka sub-county in Lwengo district have formally complained to
Lwengo Resident District Commissioner over their condolence fees that went into the wrong
George Mbonimpa, a cousin to the deceased, accuse Mbabazi of deliberately conniving with other
people to present a
fake person as their
to him, the real relatives of Ruhamyakaaka
were swapped with Fred Ssentongo who was just a friend. He reportedly received the money, which he shared with security officers.
Mbonimpa explains that he and the deceased came to Lwengo as casual
labourers from Kisoro
district. He revealed that when
the murder happened, he
moved to their home district to notify their family, which gave advantage to
unscrupulous to falsely receive the money and share it.
Mbonimpa says that he reported the matter to
the local police station, which he has kept
tossing him prompting them to
run to higher offices.
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To prove his claims Mbonimpa and two other relatives on
Wednesday presented introductory letters
from their local leaders and security in Kisoro district to Lwengo RDC,
Herman Ssentongo confirming the particulars
of the deceased person and his relatives.
Ssentongo has instructed Peter Twala, the Lwengo
District Police Commander to arrest all the people mentioned in the fraud and
to record statements in relation to the allegations.
He says that security is also going to carry out
verification on all people that received the money to ensure that it went to
the right people.
Ibrahim Kitatta, the Lwengo district LC V Chairperson indicates that he is in contact
with higher police authorities to help mobilize support required to enable
relatives to exhume the body and take it for a decent burial.