Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament Victoria Rusoke is on the spot over funds that were meant for Savings, Credit and Cooperatives (SACCOs) in the district. The money amounting to 30 million shillings was donated to 10 SACCOs by President Museveni during his visit to the district last month.
The money amounting to 30 million shillings was donated to 10 SACCOs by President Museveni during his visit to the district last month.
During a public rally at Karambi sub county headquarters, Museveni handed over the money to Nicholas Ochakara, the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole and told him to ensure that the SACCOs receive the money so as to boost their savings. Some of the beneficiaries are Rwimi women's SACCO, Kihindo SACCO, Kijura farmers' SACCO, Rwengaju model farmers SACCO and Nikisobooka Fort Portal SACCO.
However days later, MP Rusoke went to the CAO Ochakara's office located at the district headquarters Kitumba and demanded for the funds. In an interview, Ochakara said that Rusoke stormed his office and pressured him to release the funds. Ochakara says that Rusoke told him that since it was her who invited the President to the district, she will distribute the money to the beneficiaries.
Ochakara showed Uganda Radio Network a copy of an acknowledgement letter signed by Rusoke indicating she took the money.
However some members of the SACCOs and district authorities are up in arms against Rusoke for not delivering the funds.
Vincent Kagwera, the chairman Kijura SACCO says that the he was surprised when he went to the CAO's office to collect the funds for his SACCO, but was told the money was taken by Rusoke. Kagwera says that when she inquired from Rusoke about the funds, she refused to respond.
John Kusemererwa, a member of Rwengaju SACCO told Uganda Radio Network that they plan to petition the President over the conduct of Rusoke. He also accused the CAO of bowing to pressure of Rusoke to release the funds.
Following the action by Rusoke, Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole district LC5, convened a district executive committee (DEC) to discuss the matter. Rwabuhinga says that it was wrong for Rusoke to take the money yet she isn't the district accounting officer. Rwabuhinga also says that he has received complaints from other SACCOs who didn't receive the funds.
When Uganda Radio Network contacted Rusoke for a comment, she said she didn't want to comment on the matter. However she later telephoned the URN reporter, pleading not to publish the story, saying that the matter would be addressed.