Frozen Accounts Of Nubians Resurface in Bombo Campaigns

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The issue of the frozen Nubian accounts has come to the fore in the ongoing campaigns in Bombo Town council. In 1980, government froze 1300 accounts of Nubians in several commercial banks following the ouster of the Iddi Amin regime.

The issue of the frozen Nubian accounts has come to the fore in the ongoing campaigns in Bombo Town council. In 1980, government froze 1300 accounts of Nubians in several commercial banks following the ouster of the Iddi Amin regime.
 
 
The affected accounts were in the defunct Uganda Commercial bank, Cooperative bank and Libyan Arab bank now Tropical bank among others. Musa Muzamil, a resident of Gogonya village in Bombo town council, says about Shillings 53 billion was moved from their accounts to the treasury bills accounts in Bank of Uganda.
 
 
According to Muzamil, the issue of the frozen bank accounts was brought to the attention of President, Yoweri Museveni when he took power. Muzamil says a delegation from the Nubian community met Museveni in 2005 and pleaded with him to direct Bank of Uganda unfreeze their accounts, which he accepted.
 
 
He however, says since then, nothing has been done. Muzamil says that it is unfortunate that several politicians have repeatedly promised to help them gain access to their frozen accounts in vain.
 

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Ishaq Muhamad Ntege, another resident of Mpakawewo village in Bombo town council, says many claimants are dying because of failure to access basic services like health care while many are unable to take their children to school because of poverty. 



He blames Museveni for compensating Indians and other communities and ignoring the Nubian community.
 
 
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Ibrahim Ishaq, another resident, says unless President Museveni addresses their concern before the polls they will not vote for him or any of the NRM party candidates.
 


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On Wednesday, members of the Nubian community tasked the incumbent Luweero Woman MP, Brenda Nabukenya to commit herself to address their concern once she is re-elected. Nabukenya says it is a bad precedent for people to lose their property when government falls.

 
She promised to hire a high profile lawyer once re-elected to help the Nubians to pursue the issue of their frozen accounts. Linda Nabusayi, the President's press secretary blames Bank of Uganda for failing unfreeze the accounts. 



According to Nabusayi, the central bank should be held accountable since the president okayed the payment of the affected people.

 

About the author

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.