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Panics as NRM top bosses placed under investigation over corruption

by Odongo Christopher
L-R: Gen Museveni, Kasule Lumumba, Dr Tanga Odoi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who also doubles as the Chairman of Ruling Party National Resistance Movement (NRM) has instructed Director Internal Security Organization (ISO) Col Kaka Bagyenda to set up a team and probe some top party bosses after allegations emerged that they swindled shs 13bn, we have exclusively established.

Insiders in the party say the money was meant to run some sensitive activities in the party like paying delegates, salaries for workers, rent for NRM offices across the Country among others but instead ended up in individual pockets.

According to credible sources within NRM, this financial saga started circulating two years ago but was treated as a top secret as it was would be handled internally. Sources further say for the last two years, top bosses in the party failed to account for the said money and the matter was taken to another level for further management.

“There was a very sensitive meeting that was held in one of top hotels in Kampala and was attended by top officials from the party and the matter was to discuss how to settle that financial saga before it would reach the President,” says a reliable source from NRM.

Sources that attended the sensitive meeting say some NRM bosses were tasked to give a full accountability of the shs 13bn but failed to table it.   Another source adds that some top bosses were also asked to explain why some NRM delegates were not paid their full amounts when they last attended National delegates’ conference in Namboole early this year.

“Some of our delegates went complaining that they were not fully paid yet the party availed the money for everybody that attended. So where did the money go and who took it,” a source quoted one of the top NRM members grilling some officials. The source adds that NRM officials also failed to explain where money went and there was no accountability.

Another source says that the matter was referred to Central Executive Committee (CEC) which is the highest decision making body of the party and is chaired by the President.

Security sources say President Museveni was busy with other National issues and had to extend the meeting for a while. Sources added that after President Museveni got some time, he called CEC meeting at State House Entebbe and among the issues on the agenda was shs 13bn saga.

Security sources say during the meeting, the money issue was raised and the President tasked the concerned persons to explain how the money was used.

“The explanation they gave wasn’t holding any water and the President knew that the money was swindled,” says a security source.

Insiders in the Party say that President Museveni was annoyed and promised to set up a probe and find out how the money was used. Sources say the next day, President sacked some members and brought in new members.

Some of the new members included, Hon Jacqueline Kyatuhaire, Deputy National Treasurer replacing Hassan Galiwango, Hon Mathias Kasumba Director Mobolisation, Hon Emmanuel Dombo Director Information and Publicity and Ms Medina Naham Director Finance and Administration.

Efforts to get official comment from NRM spokesperson Rodgers Mulindwa were futile, as he could not pick our calls even when we sent him whatsapp messages he could not respond.

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