UGX 157m Presidential Pledge Brews Chaos in Bundibugyo

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Habib Sibaminya, the Bundibugyo Town Council traders Public Secretary, says the money was meant for the Prosperity for All programme popularly known as Bonna Baggawale.

The 157 million shilling presidential pledge to traders in Bundibugyo and Nyahuma Town Councils has sparked off a rift between the traders and the authorities.
 
Habib Sibaminya, the Bundibugyo Town Council traders Public Secretary, says the money was meant for the Prosperity for All programme popularly known as Bonna Baggawale.
 
But the traders maintain that the money was supposed to be injected in a revolving fund to benefit all of them.
 
Sibimanya says the traders have agreed to petition state house seeking their intervention in the matter.
 
They claim that their money was messed up and all those involved must be arrested.
 
According to the petitioners, only 19 million shillings out of the 157m shs was distributed to only 950 vendors leaving out slightly more than 1,000 vendors.
 
The letter clarifies that each of the vendor was given 20,000 shillings as opposed to the 200,000 shillings that was expected. Initial investigations were carried out by the office of the Resident District Commissioner, Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition and police.
 
Daniel Thembo Kabarole, the chairperson Bundibugyo Town Council Business Community, has been accused of meddling in the money and more than 500 vendors have signed a petitioned seeking his arrest.
 
Daniel Kabarole could not be reached for comment as his cellular phone was switched off.
An officer at Fort Portal Micro Finance Centre who asked not be quoted because he was not authorized to talk to the press confirmed that the centre sent all the 157 million shs to the district through Bughendera Sacco.
 
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