A Daily Monitor journalist, Thembo Kahungu Misairi’s life is in danger. Thembo who corresponds for the Namuwongo- based media house from Kasese district, claims his troubles stem from the investigations he has been carrying out regarding the delayed release of Public Accounts Committee reports into misuse of public funds in the district.
The PAC reports include hearings held in March 2010 after a damning Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2005/6 that revealed irregular expenditures by the then Town Clerk – Wilson Musabe chaired by Jethro Mbayahi, a 2007 audit report in which the former head of the Functional Adult Literacy Program in Kasese. It also includes a claim where Ivan Walemba is accused of siphoning an estimated 20 million shillings meant for the program, and the committee that was constituted in 2009 following the audit and investigations report on the Procurement and Disposal Unit for the period between July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
In a post the scribe published today, he contemplates seeking asylum. However it has been established, according to one of his close friends, Thembo is also being witch-hunted for attempting to uncover the truth concerning mysterious murders in the district dating back to the 1980s.
Thembo who is also a radio presenter working with Kasese-based Guide Radio, had this to say via the social media network – Facebook. “I am planning to seek political asylum because am being persecuted for the truth. I am that principled journalist whose actions have angered many. Can anyone help me how best I can do this? Yesterday, it was almost confrontation with one of the big men of Kasese who attacked me in my line of duty. He attacked me when I was interviewing one of the councilors who had concerns over why the district Public Accounts Committee has never released reports since 2004.”