Kabarole Councilors Question MoUs Signed With Gen Saleh

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In short
This followed a report to the council that indicated that Gen Saleh has signed a number of MoUs with district leaders and groups in the region. The groups include Uganda Tea Association, Rwenzori Tourism Cluster, Rwengaju Farmers, district and municipal leaders.

Kabarole District Councilors have tasked the LCV chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga, to explain the contents of numerous Memorandums of Understanding signed with the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho, also known as Salim Saleh.

This followed a report to the council that indicated that Gen Saleh has signed a number of MoU's with district leaders and groups in the region. The groups include Uganda Tea Association, Rwenzori Tourism Cluster, Rwengaju Farmers, district and municipal leaders.

But the Councilors argued that the contents of the Memoranda are unknown to the signatories, some of who were dragged into signing the document before reading it.  They fear that the documents could be used to grab land in the region.

Gideon Ruta, the Councillor representing Kasenda Sub County wondered why information meant for public consumption, is being hidden from the public.
 
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South division Councillor Joram Bintamanya said that a lot of MoUs have been signed without the knowledge and consent of Councilors.
 
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Similarly, Karambi Sub County Councillor Joseph Mashuhuko tasked the district chairman to explain why Fort Portal Municipal council - which is a local government, would sign a MoU with another government agency.
 
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But Rwabuhinga told the Councilors that all information about the MoU's will be availed after they have all been signed. He refuted the allegation that district land may be grabbed in the process.
 
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His explanation did not convince the councillor who still demanded that the memoranda be availed through all possible platforms.

Gen Saleh has been in Kabarole district for more than two months. During the time, Saleh held meetings with Officials from the Kingdom of Tooro, religious and political leaders. But his activities have been questioned by members of the public, many of who are arguing that he is plotting to get free land for his businesses.

 

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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.