Rwenzururu King Sacks Minister Over State House Money

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Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has fired his minister for special duties Erisania Isingoma Cameroon for allegedly swindling kingdom money amounting to over 30 million shillings.

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has fired his minister for special duties Erisania Isingoma Cameroon for allegedly swindling kingdom money amounting to over 30 million shillings.

According to the dismissal letter dated January 3 2013 and signed by Mumbere, Isingoma received 30.7 million shillings from State House meant for the king’s medical bills in Nairobi but never declared it.

In the letter, Mumbere accuses Isingoma of financial dishonesty resulting into the disappearance of the said 30.7 million shillings. He, however, admits receiving 21 million shillings from the minister.

Mumbere further stated in the letter that Isingoma convinced him that State House Comptroller afforded only 21 million shillings due to financial difficulties. He adds that according to State House records his minister signed for 20,000 US dollars but handed over to him only 21 million Uganda shillings. This, according to the letter, was done on October 11, 2012.

The king says that he has lost trust in his minster and has therefore invoked the powers entrusted to him by the Rwenzururu constitution to relieve Isingoma of his duties as minister for special duties with immediate effect. This, he says, is in order to allow the investigations and proper recovery of the money. Isingoma is asked to hand over office within seven days, the same number of days given to him to refund the said money.

Rwenzururu Kingdom spokesperson Patrick Nyamunungu, however, said he had no knowledge of the missing money.

In a telephone interview, Isingoma told this reporter that he was not in position to comment since the allegations were made by the king. He referred URN back to the kingdom spokesperson.

On December 12, Rwenzururu Kingdom finance minister Thembo Kitsumbire was arrested for allegedly forging academic papers to enable him get a job as a member of the Kasese district Public Accounts Committee.
 
Kitsumbire was later remanded to Mubuku prison before being released on bail nine days later.

 

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