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The Ntungamo district council has suspended journalists from attending
council sessions accusing them of amplifying dissenting voices over
the individual councilors benefit from the youth livelihood project.
At least 6 councilors from the district council were pinned in the
misuse of the youth livelihood programme when Gender minister Janet
Mukwaya visited the district at the beginning of this year. The
councilors allegedly got the funds for projects but never established
projects also failing to pay back the hefty amounts of money gotten
from the district in 2014. No one among the six councilors have
refunded a single coin.
The councilors include the Itojo sub county councilor Muhumuza Denis
Savimbi, the Ntungamo sub county councilor Naboth Mpirirwe, the
Ruhaama sub county councilor Benards Ahabwe, the Eastern division
councilor Bukenya Ronald, the district youth councilor Nicholas
Muhumuza and the former district youth councilor Benon Rutogogo.
They took 12.5 million shillings each using their offices when they
were still members of the district youth council. Other beneficiaries
included district civil servants. None has however refunded a single
coin and the district currently stands at 15% on YLP recovery level.
A motion moved by Savimbi was seconded by Bukenya and later ruled on
by the district speaker Elijah Atuheire who however cautioned the
councilors against defending themselves from public sentiments.
Following the motion at least 7 journalists who had attended the
Thursday council session were asked to move out were neither called back nor given an explanation