Masindi Businessman In Trouble For Allegedly Swindling Deceased AMISOM Soldier's Cash

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According to Major David Matovu, the Masindi Resident District Commissioner, government sent 124 million shillings to help the family of the deceased.

David Kyaligonza Mushwahil, a businessman in Masindi town is in trouble over allegations of swindling 124 million shilling meant for the gratuity of a dead AMISOM soldier. He is accused of conniving with Olive Babisiisa, the sister to the late Private Siraj Ntegeka to swindle the money. The late Ntegeka died on the battlefield in Somalia in February last year. According to Major David Matovu, the Masindi Resident District Commissioner, government sent 124 million shillings to help the family of the deceased. It is alleged that Babisiisa connived with the businessman and another UPDF soldier attached to Bombo military barracks to impersonate the widow of the late soldier and successfully processed his gratuity money.

She reportedly received the money through centenary Bank Masindi branch in February this year. Matovu says that the duo ran out of lack last Friday after Gladys Miteto, the mother to the fallen soldier lodged a complaint with his office when she was only given shs200, 000 by her daughter. An investigation was launched and the two were arrested and detained the following day on Saturday. They were however released after signing an agreement committing themselves to refund the money beginning next year. According to the refund agreement, the duo will be paying shs2 million per month until the swindled amount is refunded. Currently shs49.9 million is the balance on the bank account.
 
On interrogation at Masindi artillery barracks, the duo admitted to having withdrawn the money. They revealed that shs13 million was paid to the UPDF officer at Bombo barracks who helped them process the money. They only identified him as Major Kwebiha. Shs34 million was spent on buying a tipper lorry while shs10million was given to the deceased’s father Augustine Kaherera to open up a retail shop in Kijura trading center. Major Matovu says that suspects may not escape prosecution, saying his office is still consulting on the matter. Matovu says security is still investigating Major Kwebiha and the role he played in this scam.