By Yosam Gucwaki
A group of political leaders in Bunyoro region have launched a
campaign in intended to save Finance Minister Matia Kasaija from censure by Parliament over the acquisition and utilization of the 200 million dollars Preferential Trade Area (PTA) loan.
The campaign dubbed ‘Defend Kasaija to promote Bunyoro interests’ is
spearheaded by, among others, former Presidency minister Kabakumba
Kabakumba said Kasaija must be defended because he is a victim of
circumstances. She said the Attorney General will not address the
politics involved adding that even Kasaija himself might never be able
to disclose hence the need for an alternative voice and time.
The former minister said Kasaija is simply a political head of a
ministry with many key players, including the President.
The political assistant to the Kakumiro district woman Member of
Parliament; Bright Alinaitwe, said the concerned Banyoro cannot allow Kasaij to lose his position because many projects in Bunyoro have been going on because of his presence at the ministry of finance. Alinaitwe added that the concerned will fight and defend Kasaija using any powers
within their reach.
A journalist working with one of the national dailies who is a
resident of Kibaale district, Ismail Kasoha, says he does not see any
problem with Kasaija vowing that the concerned people shall mobilize
the elders from Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom since it is the biggest and a
uniting institution in the region.
Dr Geoffrey Bisoborwa, a resident of Hoima district, said Kasaija has
a good heart for Bunyoro. He said Kasaija has put people from Bunyoro
in national positions and all are competent.
The campaign has since moved to social media after which they plan to
petition Parliament and the President.
Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee recommended that Kasaija be
censured for misleading Parliament and obtaining the 200 million
dollars PTA loan by false presence.
The committee further recommended that the Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi should be relieved of his office for superimposing his
authority during the processing of the loan.
The loan in question was sourced from the Eastern and Southern African
Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) against the technical advice of the Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile.
SOURCE: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website.