Saturday, 5 January 2013
MUMBERE SACKS CLOSEST MINISTER OVER STEALING MONEY FROM STATE HOUSE.
In what is looked at as the “last kick” on corrupt officials in the Rwenzururu Kingdom, King Charles Wesley Mumbere on January 3 sacked one of his closest ministers over alleged fraud.
Mr. Erisania Isingoma Cameroon was relieved of his duties as Minister in charge of special duties in the office of the King and special envoy to State house for allegedly misappropriating about Shs 30M meant for King Mumbere’s medication.
A source from within the palace claims that King Mumbere has requested for SHS 70M from State House to cater for his medication abroad in November and Mr. Isingoma was to collect the cash and hand it over to the King.
At least SHS 50M was approved by State House financial comptroller but on November 10, 2012 Mr. Isingoma only delivered Shs 21M that the King used to seek medication in South Africa.
“Following your financial dishonesty into the missing of funds to the tune of Ushs 30700000 which was intended for the treatment of His Majesty Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema-Ngoma abroad which you never passed and only handed Ushs.21M as government facilitation for the medical treatment abroad.
I hereby invoke the powers entrusted to me by the constitution of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu to relieve you of your duties as minister for special duties with immediate effect in order to allow investigations and proper recovery of the stolen money goes well”. King Mumbere said in his letter dated January 3.
Mumbere has also directed Mr. Isingoma to write a handover report and submit it to his office within seven days and then refund the missing funds without delay.
Mr. Isingoma who has served as a principal private secretary to the King and Minister in charge of protocol before did not comment saying he is still loyal to the King and the entire Kingdom administration.
Sources in the Kingdom say, Mr. Isingoma has survived the axe for a long time “for no good reason” because he has been part of a group of ministers that have been involving in corruption tendencies.
He is the only minister among those that were accused of receiving campaign funds from the National Resistance Movement during the 2011 general elections. Five other ministers were sacked in the 2011 reshuffle with subjects claiming it was a result of their involvement in partisan politics.
Mr. Isingoma’s sacking comes nearly three months after returning from a two months leave that he took to campaign for Ms. Rehema Muhindo the NRM candidate in the August 8 by-elections for the Kasese woman MP.
The Nongovernmental organizations coordinator in the Rwenzururu Kingdom Mr. Samson Nzoboli described Mr. Isingoma’s sacking as the last kick on corrupt officials in the Kingdom.
“The Omusinga (King) had even delayed to act because these people led by Isingoma have derailed the Kingdom’s developments through corruption. He has even survived for too long”. Mr. Nzoboli said.
Mr. Nzoboli said that they are not only the NGOs that will fight corruption in the Rwenzori region but also the hand of the cultural institutions by shaping the morals of both cultural institutions officials and government officials.