Go Forward Camp Trapped in Financial Scandal

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In short
Vincent Kimbugwe, the Go Forward Coordinator in Sembabule district alleges that Sophie Nabbosa, the regional coordinator misappropriated over 40 million Shillings that was allocated to eight districts in South Buganda region, to facilitate Amama Mbabazis agents on polling day.

The Coordinator of Go Forward pressure group activities in South Buganda region, Sophie Nabbosa, is facing pressure from colleagues over alleged theft and misuse of funds.

The money was purportedly meant to facilitate the Go-Forward camp in the run up to the February 18, presidential election. Go Forward was used by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to launch his presidential bid.

Vincent Kimbugwe, the Go Forward Coordinator in Sembabule district alleges that Nabbosa misappropriated over 40 million Shillings that was allocated to eight districts in South Buganda region to facilitate Amama Mbabazi's agents on polling day. Each district was supposed to get five million Shillings.

George Kakooza, a former Parliamentary candidate for Bujumba County in Kalangala District also accuses Nabbosa of stealing some of the money that was disbursed by presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.  He says that coordinators only received 2.5 million Shillings, out of an allocation of 5 million Shillings.

Kakooza added that this, affected mobilization of supporters in the 84 islands within Kalangala and substantially affected the outcome of the elections.

The two coordinators also accuse Nabbosa of engineering her own kidnap last month, to hoodwink supporters and security agencies that her life is threatened.

Nabbosa was allegedly kidnapped by unknown people and dumped on a remote Island in Kalangala district. Her family says that she was kidnapped by security officers who raided her home in Nyendo, a suburb of Masaka. She later resurfaced and was admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital allegedly after suffering sexual violence.

However, her colleagues say that the kidnap was stage-managed. 

"That woman is a thug. She got money from Mbabazi. She ate it. And now she is faking kidnap to cover up the scandal," Vincent Kimbugwe, the Sembabule Go Forward Coordinator lamented.

But Nabbosa said the district coordinators are bent on tarnishing her image.

"Kimbugwe is just tarnishing my image but we all know that he is a member of NRM pretending to support us," Nabbosa said during a phone interview with URN.

The accusations and counter accusations have left Amama Mbabazi's political camp in South Buganda divided. Solome Nakaweesi, the Chief of Staff in the Go Forward camp declined to respond to the controversy.


About the author

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.