Kioga Ex- Parliamentary Candidate Detained Over SACCO Funds

WAKISO – The President of Transformers Cadre Association Uganda (TCAU) Felix Adupa Ongwech, who is also a former Parliamentary candidate for Kioga County, Amoratar District has been detained for allegedly failing to account for funds belonging to the association.

Adupa was arrested on Thursday evening after he was summoned to appear in the office of the OC/ CID Wandegeya Police station in the morning of same day but he allegedly did not honour the summons.

This prompted the Police to hunt for him. According to ASP. Herbert Rugubwa, the OC Wandegeya Police, the suspect was smoked out from Nikan Hotel in Seguku, Kajjansi, Wakiso District where he was hiding.

He was then transported to Wandegeya to record a statement. While at Wandegeya, he was put into police custody for more investigations.

Members of the Association in a Group photo (photo Courtesy)

According to Transformers Cadre Association Uganda (TCAU) members, when the SACCO was formed, members agreed that since the SACCO had not opened up a Bank account, their contributions would be deposited on the Association’s account and after opening up a SACCO account. The SACCO leadership then requested Adupa to transfer the money to the SACCO account but he has since refused to do so.

The SACCO members became suspicious after they demanded for a bank statement from Adupa in vain. The members then opted to use legal action in order to recover their money. In the process, they got information that the same person had began going looking for money lenders who are within the association to lend him money to pay back and cover up.

The members numbering over 58 have been contributing UGX 100,000= each, totaling to 6m. Two members; Kyambadde Baker and Mugweri Geoffrey who are signatories of UBA SACCO account No. 1664000030 also recorded a a statement at police.

Transformers Cadre Association Uganda (TCAU), is an Association formed by NRM Cadres who lost 2021 Parliamentary election.

These members have been advocating for Uganda’s Constitutional amendment to eliminate universal Suffrage system of electing Ugandan president to a parliamentary system where the president can be voted for by only MPs

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