General Salim Saleh whose real name is Caleb Akandwanaho has for the last two months camped in Rwenzori sub region since August 26 when he went to preside over a fundraising function for Rubona Church of Uganda in Bunyangabu District.
General Saleh who is the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation has met a number of people including local government, cultural leaders among others and in the process signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with a number of parties.
His activities, especially MoUs, have sparked mixed reactions among the locals leaving some local leaders questioning the contents, motive and legality of the agreements being signed.
On Wednesday last week, there was a heated debate during an extraordinary meeting of Kabarole District Council as several councillors asked the district chairperson, Mr Richard Rwabuhinga, to explain the different MoUs that the district and Gen Saleh have signed over the period of time.
“During Gen Saleh’s visit from August 26, different MoUs have been signed with different stakeholders, including Fort Portal Municipal Council, Uganda Tea Association, Rwenzori Tourism Cluster, Rwengaju famers and Rwenzori District leaders,” Mr Rwabuhinga said.
The Hakibale Sub-county councillor, Mr Edward Asiimwe, also rose up and asked the chairman to explain why during the extraordinary council sitting, some people did not receive their facilitation and what was the source of the money Gen Saleh was using to fund the council sitting.
In response, Mr Rwabuhinga said: “I only know the person who gave us the money; who is Gen Caleb Akandwanaho. So don’t ask me the source.”
General Saleh activities is seen by many as a means of NRM to lay grounds for the upcoming general elections.
He has also been accused of playing cheap politics without proper strategy and using money to buy favour from the locals especially Rwenzori region that has become more hostile to NRM.
“The only unfortunate part is that he sent a person who has been known that wherever he goes, he carries business in the bag; on the surface, you see development for all but in the bag, there is investment and a business opportunity for himself,” Mr Proper Businge, a former councillor representing Fort Portal Municipal Council said