Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda ordered the trio’s arrest for their involvement in the alleged mismanagement of Shillings 36 million dispatched to the journalist’s by the government as start-up capital.
speaker of Rubanda District, Pierre Mbabazi Nyetegyereize and two others are in
trouble for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the Kabale journalists
Emyooga Sacco. Mbabazi, who doubles as the Hamurwa Sub county LC V councillor
was arrested on Monday for fraudulently acquiring a loan of Shillings 1.2
million from the journalist’s Sacco yet he is not a journalist.
was arrested together with Moses Henry Tahoreraho, the Executive Director of
Western Media Wards and Bright Manure, the Treasurer of Kabale Municipality
Journalist’s Emyooga Sacco. Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darius
Nandinda ordered the trio’s arrest for their involvement in the alleged mismanagement
of Shillings 36 million dispatched to the journalist’s by the government as
It all started after Kabale District Commercial Officer, Erasmus Natuhamya
presented an audit report indicating the gross mismanagement of Kabale journalists
Emyooga Sacco. He revealed that there was no clear record of money used since
the Sacco did not have cashbooks, payment vouchers and receipt books.
He also noted that the
Sacco chairperson, Tahoreraho had usurped all powers
of the Annual General Meeting, the Board the Executive, Vetting and Supervisory
Committees. Natuhamya also revealed that Tahoreraho used his position to
recruit none journalists into the Sacco as well as disbursing loans to the
members without making any consultation.
He guided that the Sacco members elect
another board as soon as possible following the arrest of Tahoreraho and the
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Nandinda said that the suspects would remain in
custody until their relatives pay back the money to the Sacco Account and
present bank slips to the Police.
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after his arrest, Tahoreraho claimed that he was denied a fair hearing and
accused the RDC of harassment. He admitted that the Sacco comprises none media
professionals, arguing that they did not get sufficient guidance.
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Members of the Sacco
executive distanced themselves from Tahoreraho's
financial report detailing the expenditure of the Shillings 36million. The
Executive Secretary, Andrew Amanya Binyindo, said Tahoreraho denied them access
to any documents regarding the disbursement of the Sacco funds.
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This is not the first time the RDC has ordered
the arrest of people involved in the mismanagement of Kabale Municipality
Journalist Emyooga Sacco. In July this year, Nandinda ordered the arrest of Tahoreraho
and his executive after members accused them of mismanaging their savings.
Others alleged that Tahoreraho was asking for bribes before enrolling them into
the Sacco and issue them loans. Following investigations into the Management of
Emyooga funds in Kabale municipality about a week ago, the area Member of Parliament
Dr. Nicholas Kamara said there was a possibility that funds would never be
recovered because they did not any clear system for loan repayment.
Dr. Kamara told the media that most of Sacco had
failed to follow guidelines of giving out loans. By the time of filing his
report, no borrower had returned any money to his or her respective Sacco. Records
from Kabale Microfinance Support Centre received Shs. 1.6billion from the
government and disbursed Shillings 560 million to SACCOS in Kabale