In 2015 Museveni invited a group of selected elders from Kigezi and gave them one billion shillings as a reward for the mediation between him and his former prime minister Amama Mbabazi. Mbabazi a resident of Kanungu district was sacked by Museveni in 2014 and went ahead to try and take Museveni's job in the 2016 elections.
elders in Kigezi sub-region under their association “Banyakigezi
Elders Forum (BEF)” are locked in a bitter fight over the sale of a
house bought using reward cash President Yoweri Museveni gave for their
role in mediating between him and former prime minister Amama Mbabazi.
In 2015 Museveni invited a group of selected elders from
Kigezi and gave them one billion shillings as a reward for the mediation between
him and his former prime minister Amama Mbabazi. Mbabazi a resident of Kanungu
district was sacked by Museveni in 2014 and went ahead to try and take Museveni's job in the 2016 elections.
In appreciation for their work of mediation, Museveni
asked the elders to use the money in finding a house in Kigezi to help them
generate income as well as establishing a cultural Centre. He also gave them a
Land Cruiser Prado vehicle registration number UAY 124D to ease transport of
the forum’s top leaders.
Members bought a house located on Plot 159 Kabale Road at
Kisoro taxi park commonly known as Esso in central division Kabale Municipality
at only 365 million shillings to generate rental income.
house currently accommodates
K-Town radio, shops and accommodation rentals. Members agreed that other
portions of the money is used to start up a youth desk to help in
violence in Kigezi.
However, during the annual general meeting held on Wednesday
at Town View Hotel in Kabale district, a section of elders demanded an
explanation behind the mysterious sale of the association house located
on Plot 159
Kabale Road at Kisoro taxi park commonly known as Esso in central
Concerned elders argue that their leaders led by
chairperson, Rt. Reverend Enock Kayeye, the Bishop Emeritus of North
the Democratic Republic of Congo, treasurer Professor Peter Baguma,
board of trustees Rev. canon Geoffrey Byarugaba and another member of
trustees’ the board identified as Robert Muhereza later stealthily sold
the house to a prominent businessman in Kabale identified as Kabengo
Nkwatagye at a loss for only 250
Charles Besheesya, the Chairperson of Kanungu district elders’
forum says that they started demanding for exact reasons behind the selling of the
house in November 2016 but officials declined to respond. Besheesya says that in
July this year, they petitioned the office of the Anti-Corruption Unit requesting
for help to have the accused officials investigated.
Besheesya, however, says that they have instead received
threats from the accused officials led by Professor Baguma with warnings to
stay away from the house matters.
Besheesya says that in addition to secretly selling the house,
the officials have never shown accountability of the other portion of the
money meant to start up a youth desk.
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David Munyangabo, the Chairperson of Kisoro district elders’
forum demands that the board of trustees be handed a vote of no confidence because
they had no right to sell the Association’s house without the knowledge of all the
Munyangabo says that the sale of the house has left members
in agony, because the objectives of the association are being marred by
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Mariam Kiconco, an elder from Kihihi sub-county in Kanungu the district
says that since 2017, Bishop Kayeye has never called a meeting to give
either an update or accountability of the projects. Kiconco says that
angered members again is to receive fresh information that in addition
secret sale of the house, the association is again currently grappling
with a 40 million shilling bank loan in post bank.
She says that apart from Kayeye and his team, other
members are not aware of how the loan was obtained from post bank and
Zadock Kamusiime, Henry Turyagyenda and Anteli Twahirwa, all
concerned elders from Kabale district say that what the forum officials have
shown is an embarrassment to the young generation who are always convinced to
love National Resistance Movement (NRM) party due to its transparency. They
also demanded a formation of an immediate committee that consists of six
people from each district to investigate the mess and produce a report in the
next three months.
During the course of the meeting, a section of angry members
almost exchanged blows with some of the forum officials demanding for an
explanation to why Bishop Kayeye snubbed the meeting. They were calmed down by
Muhamad Chewalyang, Officer-in-charge of Kabale central police station.
Timothy Twikirize Twikirize & Co Advocates, the Forum’s
legal advisor and a son to Kayeye revealed to members that the Bishop was
unable to attend the meeting due to poor health condition. He, however, admitted
that some anomalies buried during the sale of the house.
In his defence, Canon Byarugaba declined to respond to the
members but instead asked media not to reveal what transpired in the meeting
saying that such heated discussions are healthy. Byarugaba says that such
matters should be handled indoors not exposed through the media.
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