Boat Management Committee Officials Vanish with UGX 25M

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Bernard Lukwago, a resident of Kyaali says that the Ronald Musaazi, the Chairperson Boat management committee and his executive promised to buy them a new boat soon, but they are no where to be seen.

Residents of Kyaali and Kigo in Masaka and Kalungu district respectively are up in arms against officials of the  Boat management committee for embezzling money for buying a new community boat. The implicated officials are  Ronald Musaazi, the  Chairperson Boat management committee, his vice Ramathan Kafeero and Treasurer Pius Ssengonzi.
Both villages are accessible by boat across River Nabajjuzi. However, the only community boat, which have plying from Kyaali in Mukungwe sub county in Masaka to Kigo village in Kalungu was condemned last month after serving for 25 years. As a results, residents are stranded without any alternative means of transport. But Maliserina Nakintu, a resident of Kyaali village says they have been contributing 500 shillings each week since 2000 towards the purchase of a new boat.

She says they estimate to have collected over 25 million shillings for the new boat. It is alleged that on learning about the breakdown of the old boat, officials the Boat management committee disappeared without any trace. Bernard Lukwago, a resident of Kyaali says that the Ronald Musaazi, the  Chairperson Boat management committee and his executive promised to buy them a new boat soon, but they are no where to be seen.

He says Musaazi and his team have been missing since last month. According to Lukwago,  they are stuck, since it is very costly to connect to Kalungu district through Nyendo.

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Matia Kagugube, a resident of Kyaali wants Masaka district to intervene and buy them another boat. He claims that the district seems to have neglected his village. Kagugube explains that they could have resort to the longer Sazza-Nyendo and Kalungu route but it is in a very sorry.
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69- year- old Lawrance Muyingo says the disappearance of the boat managers means they could have embezzled their savings. He says the absence of the boat means that their children who have been crossing to study from Kalungu district will be affected. Ronald Musaazi, the Boat management committee chairman and his treasurer Pius Ssengonzi have not yet commented as they couldn’t be reached.

Ramathan Kafeero, the Vice chairperson denies fleeing the village. He told Uganda Radio Network in Masaka town that his bosses are the ones who know where the money is. Kafeero also claims that some of the money was used to repair a community borehole, which had broken down.  He didn’t explain who authoried the use of the boat money to repair the borehole.
Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC 5 Chairperson says he is aware of the break down of the community adding that, he is consulting his executive on what to do next.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.