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EXCLUSIVE: Museveni’s Shs200m Sparks off Storm in Lira

By Kazungu Chai

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has presided over the launch of the Presidential Digital Talent Programme, stomach http://cognac-ambassador.com/wp-includes/default-filters.php a Jubilee Government initiative geared towards empowering university graduates to master the digital environment.

President Kenyatta said the programme that brings together leading lights in the ICT landscape is expected to mentor, cure http://chuntaritos.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php inspire and lead a new wave of digital trailblazers.

The programme – which aims at building Government’s capacity in ICT and digital innovations to enhance efficient and effective service delivery to Kenyans – will provide graduates with an opportunity for a full year of on-the-job training both in public and private institutions.

Speaking during the occasion at the University of Nairobi’s Main Campus, store the President said Tuesday: “Today, we begin the next chapter of our story. Today, we inaugurate the next phase of ICT transforming opportunity for all people.”

He said the first 100 talented ICT professionals will lead the way in Kenya’s digital tradition to enhance transparency and accountability in the public sector.

President Kenyatta challenged the beneficiaries of the programme to inject into the public service a new sense of integrity and accountability.

“This programme is not just about technology and efficiency. We expect you to bring in a new sense of integrity, professionalism, accountability and commitment to public service delivery,” President Kenyatta said.

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The Head of State stressed the Government’s commitment to delivering superior public services to citizens, visitors and investors.

He emphasised that Kenya’s determination to position itself as the regional and continental hub for education, research and innovation, banking and insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and ICT is already a reality.

The President said key challenges facing the nation can be resolved through digital solutions that will enhance productivity, efficiency, innovation and accountability in all sectors of the economy.

“My Government, therefore, has committed itself to expanding and intensifying the development and application of digital technology. We expect this to accelerate our determined drive towards productivity, efficiency, innovation and accountability,” the President said.

The Head of State noted that the Digital Talent Programme will boost the country’s hope for a sustainable economic growth beyond the projected 7% to more than 10%.

Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said his Ministry – which has developed the Digital Talent Programme – is set to lay down an additional 1600 km of national fibre optic cable that will connect all the 47 counties by the end of the year.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said the programme is in line with various public service reforms aimed at ensuring transparency, accountability and prudent management of resources to spur economic growth.

Other speakers were University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi and the Presidential Digital Talent Program Advisory Council Chairman Muchemi Wambugu among others.
There was drama in Lira town on Tuesday when the ruling National Resistance Movement party supporters unleashed all their animalistic characteristics in a broad day light over a staggering Shs 200m sent by the party Chairman, this http://comotenerunabuenaereccion.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/config-validator.php President Yoweri Museveni.

On Sunday, http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php as the country’s focus concentrated on the opening of NRM annual Caucus retreat; a team from State House led by Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe was parking new Shs 50,000 notes in a sack to the tune of Shs200m to be given to a section of NRM “ardent” supporters in Lira.

The team left for Lira under tight security in the early afternoon and finally entered the dusty town in the evening where they booked into a hotel.

On Monday morning, Nakyobe’s team talked to the leaders of “NRM all Time Preachers” commanded by Betty Engola, the wife of State Minister for Housing, Sam Engola.

In the closed door meeting, ChimpReports has exclusively learned, the team decided to leave the Central Business District thus tactfully relocating to 291 Suites Hotel which is 6 kilometres from Lira town towards Kampala.

They started calling the alleged “NRM all Time Preachers” with strong warnings not to tell any other NRM supporters about the location of the venue.

Not even their spouses were supposed to know about the development.

The list of ardent supporters that was handled by Betty Engola had 65 names with each person being handed a cool Shs3m for promoting the NRM gospel.

The Storm

The ‘NRM all Time Preachers’ group was born on March 4, 2014 when a team of NRM supporters from Lango led by two ministers and the Lango paramount chief, Yosam Odur met president Museveni at State House Entebbe.

The team told Museveni that there are people who have been “supporting the ruling party for a long time but they have gained nothing materially and individually since they are always forgotten when there is something.”

The generous Museveni did not hesitate but asked for their list so that “something can be planned for them.”

Nakyobe would later handle the rehabilitation process.

Sources in the group say 5 people were supposed to be sought from each village.

However, it emerged on Monday evening that most of the real “NRM all Time Preachers” were not included on the list of beneficiaries. Some names were deleted and others replaced with cronies of Betty Engola.

On Tuesday, the aggrieved section of ‘NRM all Time Preachers’ stormed and took over the office of the Lira Resident District Commissioner, George Odongo where they demanded that their share of the already finished Shs 200m be mobilized and given to them.

The group, shouting on top of their voices and destroying property at Odongo’s office, accused Betty Engola of swindling their money by only putting the names of her relatives, in-laws and friends, “forgetting those who have been toiling for NRM” – day and night.

“This is robbery and unacceptable. Betty deliberately left us out and stuffed the list with her family members and friends. We want our money today,” Mike Adoko, one of the aggrieved ‘NRM all Time Preachers’ squad, who has vowed to quit the ruling party, said at the besieged RDC’s office on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Lira district NRM acting spokesman, Jacob Ocen who is a known radio contributor in town, also mysteriously missed the Shs3 million though his name was among the 65 on the list.

Ocen told this website he was called in the evening the day the money was distributed to St. Lira Hotel, owned by Sam Engola, before being handed Shs 100,000 which he ignorantly and happily received.

However, Ocen was later told that he was supposed to receive Shs 3m and that State House had approved his name.

Ocen and Bosco Odongo, commonly known as Body Guard, later became the ring leaders of the group which besieged the RDC’s office.

The RDC managed to convince the aggrieved group that “please be clam, your case shall be handled by Museveni who is visiting Lira on February 19 to open the main Market.”

Nakyobe was not readily available for comment.

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