FULL STORY: Officials Confess to Nibbling Museveni Donation to Ailing Journalist

Police in Jinja are investigating the circumstances under which Shs20 million, treat which is part of the Shs110 million that President Yoweri Museveni donated to a Jinja-based journalist Ms Brenda Gimbo to go for neurosurgery in India was swindled by mafias.

The investigation was launched at a time when Jinja district NRM executive committee is also seeking the resignation of their vice chairman Majid Dhikusooka for his involvement in the said scum.

Ms Gimbo, thumb a veteran journalist in Jinja suffers from a brain tumor which prompted her to seek public support in order to have an operation in India. She travelled to Yashoda Hospital in India on Saturday last week.

Deputy Kiira Regional Police spokesperson, Onesmus Mwesigwa says investigations have started adding that they have recorded statements from Ms Gimbo and her husband before departure to india.

“We have intervened in this case after a public outcry and we have opened a file to investigate how much money was swindled,’’ Mr Mwesigwa said.

He said a team of police experts from the Economic Crimes Unit is interested in the CCTV footage at the Bank of Africa branch in Jinja and the account’s print out to ascertain how much was withdrawn and prove if surely part of the money was swindled.

Ms Gimbo was promised Shs110 million from the President Museveni after a request by Busoga Journalists Association, led by a one Journalist Trevor Solomon Baleke through the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

The letter was handed by Baleke to Dhikusooka who also in turn asked the Member of Parliament for Jinja west Municipality Moses Grace Balyeku to pass it over to the president through Kadaga during the 54th independence anniversary at Kiyunga Saza ground, the district
headquarters for Luuka.


Upon reading it, Mr Museveni accepted to foot the bill and directed the State House comptroller Ms Ruth Nakyobe, to release the money to Ms Gimbo the following week.

But a campaign taskforce for this mobilization had been constituted chaired by Busoga Kingdom justice and constitutional affairs minister, Alex Luganda and Dr Timothy Batuwa Lusala the treasurer among others.

The money was on 18th October wired to the Save Brenda Bukenya Account whose signatories are her husband and next of kin, Mr Stanley Bukenya, her sister-in- law Ms Aidah Naigaga Dr Timothy Butuwa Lusala until it was withdrawn on Wednesday last week.


Before her departure, Ms Gimbo said that at first she was forced to give a kickback of Shs40 million but negotiated with the State House ‘lobbyists’ and intermediaries who later accepted to take Shs20 million.

She added that the people who demanded for the inducement had even threatened to revenge on her four children she failed to respond to their quest positively.

“I thank the President and all other people who contributed towards my cry because I received 110 Million as I had requested. But the bad thing is that Shs20 million has been taken and the balance is not enough to cater for the budget,” Ms Gimbo said adding she gave them money due to much pressure and threats.

According to Mr Stanley Bukenya, Gimbo’s next of kin, they received President Museveni’s pledge of Shs110 million “with conditions that the total must be chopped off but in secrecy”.

He added that the part chopped off was handed to Jinja District NRM vice chairperson Mr Majidu Dhikusooka immediately after withdrawing it from Bank of Africa.

Mr Solomon Baleke, the Wankole Sub- county NRM chairperson in Kamuli district who is also a journalist attached to Radio Simba and The Observer was nearby and witnessing as 20M was given to Mr Dhikusooka.

Mr Baleke is also the chairman of Busoga Journalists Association, the group that wrote to President Museveni to highlight Ms Gimbo’s plight during the independence celebrations in Luuka early October.

Ms Aidah Naigaga, Gimbo’s sister in law says she wrote a Shs20 million cheque that was cashed to Mr Stanley Bukenya after Mr Dhikusooka advised them not to write it in his name.

“Mr Bukenya and I signed the cheque which was cashed but Mr Dhikusooka. He immediately  walked out of the bank and we had to follow him and handed him an envelope that contained Shs20 million outside the bank,” she said.

Ms Naigaga added that Mr Dhikusooka told them that the money was a kickback for a one Kembabazi, a State House official and was going to deliver it.

Dr Batuwa another signatory said the proposal of taking a kickback to State House was raised during a meeting at 2 Friends Hotel in Jinja on Tuesday last week but was met with resistance from members.

“I opposed the proposal of chopping off the Shs20 million before the patient received treatment. I also refused to sign for any amount that had to be deducted from that account but I hear Bukenya and Naigaga were convinced and signed for that money and handed it over to Mr
Dhikusooka,” he said.

However, Mr Dhikusooka who acknowledges swindling some money hurriedly said they had refunded the Shs20 million and handed it to Ms Gimbo’s husband on Friday at about 5:00pm at Jinja Regional Police headquarters.

“We handed over this money before the Deputy Kiira Regional Police Commander Onesmus Jerome Mwesigwa, and we asked to be forgiven” he said.

But this is another allegation according to Kiira regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Samson Lubega that is being investigated by police.

Lubega denied knowledge of handing over the 20M before the deputy regional police commander.

When contacted, Jinja Resident District Commissioner John Rex Aachilla said he has learnt that a group of politicians in Jinja and a State House official were behind the scam and being investigated.

“I have got information that the money was shared by political leaders in Jinja and a State House official as a kickback because they worked hard to lobby for the money but that is impunity we shall not tolerate” Mr Aachilla said.

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