BY CHRIS FRANK
KAGADI: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2021
Drama ensured at a village meeting at Nyabutanzi trading center in Nyabutanzi Sub County, Kagadi district as the Resident district commissioner, Lillian Rutereraho prevailed over 32 people who were wrongly paid as Village health team members to refunds the money.
Notable among the alleged impersonators was the LC3 chairman, Khalid Yusuf who each reportedly pocketed sh150,000 as facilitation from the Covid-19 response funds.
Rutereraho had called the meeting as part of her routine mobilization tour to rally the people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
However things heated up when residents led by the Nyabutanzi LCI Chairperson, Joseph Baluku, accused Khalid Yusuf of using his powers of office to register himself as the VHT for Nyabutanzi village to claim the token.
They also blamed him for mismanaging his office and replacing the registered VHTs with his campaign agents who eventually got paid, leaving the real people who toiled to sensitise and mobilise the communities unpaid.
This prompted Rutereraho to order an immediate refund of the money by the accused persons and the money was promptly handed to the registered VHTs.
Rutereraho confirmed that by the time her meeting ended, the money for 32 VHTs had been recovered, leaving three people pending.
She warned that she will not tolerate any acts of financial impropriety in Kagadi district.
But LC3 chairman Khalid Yusuf denied that he was wrongly paid although he said he would relinquish the money to ensure harmony.
“I also work as a VHT but I will refund the sh150,000 to Jenifer Basigirenda (area VHT) in order to maintain peace in area,” he said.