Luweero Triangle Ministry Funds Split Ex-Combatants

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A donation of 20 million shillings by the ministry of Luweero Triangle has divided the leaders and veterans under Nakaseke Ex-Combatants Development Initiative.

A donation of 20 million shillings by the ministry of Luweero Triangle has divided the leaders and veterans under Nakaseke Ex-Combatants Development Initiative.

More than 80 veterans in Kapeeka Sub County accuse the chairman, Retired Lieutenant John Ssekanjako and his executive of swindling the donation and demand that the state minister for Luweero triangle Rose Namayanja investigate him.

The chairman of the aggrieved veterans Godfrey Ssempijja claims that Minister Namayanja disbursed the 20 million shillings to the initiative in November 2011 to open a maize mill at Kapeeka trading center to offer employment, market as well source of income for 1981-1986 Luweero war fighters.

Lieutenant Ssempijja, however, says up to now the maize mill has not been constructed and the funds cannot be traced.

Sylvester Kiguli, another veteran says that the leaders of the association kept the money as a secret until April 2012, when members landed on a letter from the minister demanding for accountability. Kiguli says some of them were not paid their compensation after losing their properties during the war that brought NRM government to power and thought their maize mill would help them to earn a living.

Another veteran, Disan Kibirige, says that during the war he was injured in the ribs and his life is deteriorating everyday. He added that he expected to get little money for treatment as he continues to demand for his compensation.

The veterans have given the Nakaseke Ex-Combatants Development Initiative Chairman John Ssekanjako and his executive up to the end of April to set up the maize mill or refund 20 million shillings.

The veterans have also asked Minister Rose Namayanja and General Salim Saleh to investigate the project and order the leaders of the association to refund the money.

Ssekanjako admits receiving the money but denied allegations of swindling it. He says that the 20 million shillings was not enough to set up a maize mill and he is searching for alternative funds to top up. He accused the politicians in Nakaseke of being behind the veterans.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.