NRM Youth Leaders Under Probe For Selling Museveni’s Cows

Masaka authorities are investigating several NRM youths accused of selling off cows that were donated to them to boost their incomes.

Richard Kimera one of those under investigations standing next to the animals said to have been sold to him
Richard Kimera one of those under investigations standing next to the animals said to have been sold to him

Early this month, President Yoweri Museveni donated sixteen Frisian breeds to Masaka youths valued at 1.2 million shillings each.

Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 chairperson and Deputy RDC Joseph Ssekansamba identified sixteen NRM youths leaders to benefit from the donation.

Four of the youth leaders who received the cows are Richard Kimera, Jimmy Kibuga, James Mugwanya and House Kayima.

Some of the youths leaders who missed out on the cows have petitioned the RDC accusing the beneficiaries of selling off twelve of the 16 cows to one person.

Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner says he has instituted investigations into the allegations to establish the truth.

He says preliminary investigations reveal that majority of the beneficiaries sold the animals to Richard Kimera, a Masaka based businessman. Ngompek says he has instructed his deputy to investigate why the twelve animals are on Kimera’s farm.

According to Ngompek, the animals were not for sell and whoever is found guilty will be penalized.

Some of the reportedly sold animals. The Cows were donated by Museveni to boost the incomes of NRM Youths
Some of the reportedly sold animals. The Cows were donated by Museveni to boost the incomes of NRM Youths

 

Haruna Nuumba, the Masaka NRM Spokesperson claims that they have evidence indicating that the animals were sold to Kimera at a giveaway price.

He alleges that the youths sold each of the cows to Kimera at 1 million shillings each, yet they can go for more on the open market.

Nuumba says after selling their animals, Jimmy Kibuga, James Mugwanya and House Kayima bought iron sheets to roof their stalled residential houses.

He explains that the beneficiaries were supposed to keep the animals until when they deliver and pass on the calves to another set of youth.

James Mugwanya and House Kayima disagree with Numba and the RDC claiming that, the cows were not meant to rotate amongst youths as they claim.

Kayima says he did not sign any document requiring him to pass on the cow to another youth after delivery. He says that since the cow was given to him by President Yoweri Museveni, the RDC has no says on how he deals with it.

Richard Kimera declined to confirm or deny claims that he bought off the cows donated by Museveni. He has vowed to arrest whoever goes to his farm at Kunnya in Bukakata for criminal trespass.

Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC 5 Chairperson said that he was surprised by the reports about the sale of the cows. He however, says if the allegations are true all those involved must be brought to book.

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