NRM probes party officials over stolen campaign cash, to be prosecuted

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party officials who misappropriated campaign funds are in trouble.

Sources told Daily Monitor that billions of shillings remain unaccounted for after unidentified NRM officials (from village to national level), pocketed the money for the party flag bearers and other party activities.
They also resolved to discipline errant party members especially MPs.

The just-concluded National Resistance Movement Caucus at the weekend passed the resolution to investigate and prosecute NRM officials who stole campaign funds. The funds were meant to facilitate village meetings, lower councils, flag bearers and other related activities in the just concluded elections. The party held a nine-day retreat in Kyankwanzi last week.

The Caucus spokesperson, Mr Denis Obua (Ajuri), yesterday confirmed the resolution, which he said came from the deliberations on improving the functionality of the party. The Caucus asked NRM secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba and the party’s Central Executive Committee to see how to implement the resolution.
“We are cracking the whip on our corrupt officials as well as those in government,” Ms Obua said. “Some will be disciplined and others will be handed to police for prosecution. “Our policy is zero tolerance to corruption and there is no way we can condone impunity.”

Though the extent of NRM expenditure during the campaigns is not known, a report by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a loose coalition of CSO activists, indicated that the NRM presidential candidate, Museveni spent Shs27 billion on campaigns in the two months of November and December.

Separately, the party also spent at least Shs10.5b to facilitate its delegate’s conference in November last year.

Although the Caucus resolved to put a freeze on the pay raise for public servants, Mr Museveni agreed to increase salaries for teachers. He said his government had made a commitment to increases teachers’ salaries in a phased manner.

The President, according to sources, said he is comfortable with his salary and urged others to emulate him. A report by Africa Review last year put President Museveni’s monthly salary at about Shs4 million.
According to a 25-page document, the Caucus also resolved to reinstate compulsory military training, targeting the youth under the proposed National Youth Service Programme. The Caucus is implementing Article 17 (2) of the 1995 Constitution.

Under this Article one of the duties of a citizen is to defend Uganda and to render national service when necessary.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was also tasked to implement and enforce performance contracts for accounting officers and ensure that the appropriate current laws are amended to have the clause that makes accounting officers “permanent and pensionable” removed.
The Caucus singled out four major problems confronting the country as poverty, employment, corruption and lack of drugs in public hospitals. They urged the NRM government to have these challenges addressed in the coming five years.

Source: Daily Monitor