IGG Probes Uganda Journalists’s Body Over Museveni’s Cash Donation

sale geneva; font-size: small;”>Mulyagonja’s move was precipitated by a petition by a local journalist at a daily news paper, check seeking the inspectorate’s intervention following reports that part of the money had been swindled by UJA bosses.

While UJA president Joshua Kyalimpa claims the money was used to purchase a piece of land in Kyanja, several kilometers away from Kampala, at Shs50m, journalists are not convinced the public funds were well spent.

The scandal has threatened to rip apart the solidarity of the journalists in Uganda, with many calling for the prosecution of Kyalimpa.

UJA’s decision to pick the donation from Museveni was heavily criticized by civil activists and members of the public who argued then that such a move would compromise the beneficiaries and influence their reporting in checking the government excesses.

Civil activists said those who received the president’s donation to construct UJA headquarters would lose the moral authority to hold government to account, which is the main role of the fourth estate as the public’s watchdog.

However, some journalists later concurred that since they were also tax payers, there was nothing wrong with receiving cash from the president to construct their headquarters.

But when this money landed into the hands of UJA, things have never been the same again.

There is no accountability of how the money was spent.

Matters were worsened when UJA was evicted from their offices at a city complex over nonpayment of rent.

Journalists now want the IGG to fully comb UJA books of accounts, if they exist, to establish whether there was value for Museveni’s money in its expenditure.

Reacting to the new development, Kyalimpa said “this should not be news after all this is what some of you have been asking for all along.”

He added: “We will welcome and cooperate with the IGG office in the matter of the 150 million shillings presidential donation if called upon. The IGG has an obligation to respond to any complaint lodged before them. They will not first determine if the complainant is their right mind or not.”

He said the IGG will go ahead and investigate the accused and can clear UJA or “commit them for trial and that is the price to be paid personally I am ready.”

Kyalimpa further noted that in case journalists were not satisfied with the expenditure, his executive would undertake to refund the 150 million shillings in cash through sale of prime land in Kampala “that some of you say does not exist or was overvalued.”

“My view is that the money will be returned to the giver if the next assembly decides so,” he noted.


The scribe, in his petition, told the IGG that Museveni gave the money for office construction but there is no office in place, and UJA claims money was used for other functions.

The IGG is now interested in answers as to why UJA diverted funds because paying salaries and rent was not part of reason it got the money.

“The presidential donation was strictly for erecting a housing structure not paying allowances and salaries for staff. I see UJA has a case to answer,” an official in the IGG’s office told, on condition of anonymity, not to jeopardize investigations which are still in their infancy.

“This money was not from Museveni’s wallet, but public coffers, which gives a valid reason to demand accountability,” said the source.

According to the petition, the scribe argued that since journalists make a lot of noise, they should be seen to be honest and clean, so to fail to account for 150m while abusing politicians over financial mismanagement, amounts to gross hypocrisy

He also noted that journalists have the spirit to demand accountability, to ask for the money, but lack resources to set up a commission or even time for members to probe UJA.


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