Tuesday May 20 2014

Two women leaders arrested over Museveni cash

By Robert Owot

Pader- Two women leaders were at the weekend arrested following the disappearance of part of the money donated by President Museveni to Pader Women Vendors Association.

While closing a two-day Annual General Meeting of Agaru Sacco in Pader last week, Mr Museveni donated Shs2 million to the vendors to help them boost their incomes.

However, two days later, part of the money vanished, with members of the association accusing their leaders of swindling part of it.
Consequently, the RDC, Ms Justine Lungajul, ordered for the arrest of the two leaders of the association after they claimed that the President had given them empty envelopes.

The district police commander, Mr Ambrose Sabiiti, confirmed the arrest.

“We arrested them but we have released them on bond and when the investigations are done, they will be charged with theft and defamation. How can a leader defame the President claiming that he gave two empty envelopes?” he said.

The district NRM chairperson, Mr George Oyat Obwoya, said his office and police are working closely to recover the money.
In a telephone interview, one of the suspects denied misusing the money.

“Women leaders gave me three envelopes to keep until we get the modalities on how to distribute it among the members, but the envelopes were empty with only one which had Shs1.6 million,” she said. “Whatever happened to the rest of the money, I am not aware.”