RDC Vows to Arrest Anti Corruption Activists Over Black Monday Magazine

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Nandinda has vowed to apprehend and lock up whoever is found reading or distributing the Black Monday magazine.

Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner is involved in a bitter row with members of the Black Monday movement over the distribution of the Black Monday magazine. The Black Monday movement is comprised of civil society activists, students, youths, religious and political leaders fighting the theft of public funds by government officials.
 
It started in October 2012 following the theft of billions of shillings in the Officer of the Prime Minister and Pension scam.  Every Monday, the activists distribute the Black Monday magazine showing the amounts of amount lost to corruption in various sectors across the country.  

In Kabale, the campaign is led by Kick Corruption out of Kigezi-KICK, a nongovernmental organization under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, the Kitanga Parish priest. Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner accuses the organization of portraying government as very corrupt, a thing he says he will not tolerate. 

Nandinda has vowed to apprehend and lock up whoever is found reading or distributing the Black Monday magazine.
 
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The threats by the RDC have not gone down well with the local leaders in Kabale as well as the anti corruption crusaders. They accuse the RDC of overstepping his mandate. Mable Kiruhura, the Rwamucucu and Kashambya sub county Female LC V Councilor says Nandinda appears to be idle and is looking for what to do. She advises the RDC to find some constructive work instead of witch-hunting people with good motives.

Christopher Ngabirano, the Ruhija sub county LCV Councilor says all the scandals highlighted in the Black Monday magazine are from the auditor's general report, which means they are not imagined by the activities. Silver Baguma, the LC V councilor Ikumba Sub County says Ugandans are entitled to receiving information and wonders why the RDC want to cover up the corruption scandals.
 
He says once the RDC goes ahead to implement his threats to arrest them, it will be a clear signal that his office protects the corrupt. Robert Kakuru, the coordinator Kick corruption out of Kigezi says they have done nothing wrong arguing that what they are doing is for the good of the people. 

Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda the Chairperson Kick Corruption out of Kigezi says they will not stop distributing Black Monday magazine.

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Fr. Gaetano advises the RDC to focus on important issues affecting the people instead of concentrating his energy on the black Monday magazine.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.