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Veteran Association Chairperson Kicked Out Over Embezzlement

Rwahoima also says on July 16, 2015 the association members in Mugusu Sub County collected Shillings 3,270,000 million, which she deposited on the association account in Centenary Bank statement on July 20, 2015.

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John Kinuge, the chairperson of Rwenzori Katebwa Civilian War Veterans Association is under fire from members for alleged embezzlement and abuse of office. The Association Treasurer, Gertrude Rwahoima, says on May 05, 2016, she withdrew Shillings 9, 527,100 million from their Centenary bank account and handed it to Kinuge to start a project for the association.

She however, says Kinuge has since denied receiving the money despite signing the acknowledgement forms. "He made accountability and said that the Shillings 9.5 million got lost. I kept quiet and waited for Gen Salim Saleh who came last week and I showed him a document where Kinuge had signed accepting that he had received this very money," she said.

Rwahoima also says on July 16, 2015 the association members in Mugusu Sub County collected Shillings 3,270,000 million, which she deposited on the association account in Centenary Bank statement on July 20, 2015. Rwahoima says she was shocked when she found out that she was no longer a signatory to the bank account and the money had been withdrawn without accountability. 

As a result, some members of the executive committee including the Vice Chairperson, Paul Kabaseke, Assistant General Secretary, Faith Nyakairu and Rwahoima have resigned accusing Kinuge of lack of accountability and misuse of funds. 

Other members, who preferred anonymity because they were stopped from commenting on the issue by Dennis Galabuzi Ssozi, the State Minister for Luweero Triangle, accuse Kinugi of soliciting funds from some members to buy land yet they paid for the said land two years back.

According to the members, they bought 8 acres of land in Kyabanyaga in Karago Town Council in Kabarole district in 2016 where they installed a brick laying machine that was donated by President Museveni. 

"The land was bought at Shillings 103 million and the project has been running. But you can't imagine that Kinuge has been secretly asking for between Shillings 100,000 and 150,000 from unsuspecting elderly members claiming it's for buying land for this very project," said the source.

Kinuge has denied all the accusations, saying they are only meant to taint his name. He argues that most of the association members would go to him with problems and ask for free money, which he would give but they don't pay back.

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According to Kinuge, he has all documents showing how the money was spent. He however, didn't comment on the Shillings 12 million that Rwahoima says has never been accounted for. Rwahoima says members kicked Kinuge from officer last week when they met the chief coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, Gen Salim Saleh and Ssozi at Kyabanyaga. 

He was replaced with Kabarole District Resident District Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe. She says they intend to set up a commission of inquiry to probe Kinuge and present its findings before the association members on November 29, 2018 where they are likely to elect a new executive.

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Rwenzori Katebwa Civilian War Veterans Association is made up of 6000 members drawn from Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Kasese, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Notoroko districts.