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Army Veteran Attacked By Armed Men

John Kinuge, the chairperson of the Rwenzori Kateebwa War Veterans Association was last Friday attacked by unknown gunmen

Kinuge says the assailants raided his home in Nyango village, Bukuuku Sub County, Kabarole district  at around 10:00pm.

He narrates that his children were shocked when they found an armed person with the mask on the face standing beside his parked car.

Some of the locals in the neighbourhood told us they saw two motorcycles with two men dressed in army attire in the area.

Kinuge says he immediately notified Jorum Sabiiti the GISO Bukuku sub county who also alerted security officials at the district.

Kinuge believes the life threats are coming from members of his association who accuse him of corruption.

He says has been living in fear following his October 13th security meeting with the executive members of the veterans association.

On Friday, he says he received summons from the OC/CID Fort Portal Godliver Twinomugisha, asking him to go and record a statement on allegations of embezzling Shs1.2bn from the association.

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Earlier, he says he had been receiving threatening messages from the executive committee members demanding for his exit.

On 23rd October 2018, the minister of state in charge of Luwero triangle Denis Galabuzi Ssozi visited Kabarole and held a meeting with the association members and thereafter suspended Kinuge from being chairperson of the association.

The minister also ordered him to leave office of the Rwenzori Veterans Brick making Project located in Kitarasa Kicwamba Sub County with immediate effect for allegedly mismanaging the association’s funds.

His suspension follows numerous complaints by the members to the minister implicating him in gross misappropriation of funds and bad reign that had left them in diminishing returns.

The minister after suspending him immediately appointed and installed an interim committee to take care of the association’s activities and tasked them to work on the new constitution stipulating all members powers and duties as the commission of inquiry probes him.

This committee is chaired by the Kabarole District Resident District Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe.

Asiimwe said the constitution has been finalised and will be presented to the members on 29th November when they expect to elect new executive to run the association.

The Veterans Association is comprised of 6000 members drawn from the districts of Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Ntoroko.

 

 

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