There is no official national register of pensioners in the country of Uganda


The ministry of Public Service says many pensioners do not show up for verification hence leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity. Courtesy photo  


By Nelson Wesonga

Kampala

Government says it does not have records of pensioners due to “lack of data and personal files.”

According to the ministry of Public Service, many pensioners do not show up for verification thus leading to delays in payment of their monthly dues and the once off gratuity.
The State minister for Public Service, Mr David Karubanga told MPs during plenary that the ministry will, carry out a census and biometric validation of pensioners starting February 20.
“The ministry of Public Service does not have a national register of pensioners,” Mr Karubanga said yesterday.
“Despite the decentralisation of pension management, a number of votes [ministries] have not verified the records on the payroll.”
A day earlier, Aruu Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto had told the August House that many pensioners have not been paid for several months.
Many were, therefore, depending on their relatives – who already have other financial responsibilities – to pay their bills or to buy basics.
Those without relatives are borrowing items from shopkeepers.
Shopkeepers though can only lend them for a few months expecting to be paid once they get their gratuity.
Following Mr Odonga’s remarks, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said the government was treating the senior citizens disrespectfully.
On Wednesday, Mr Karubanga also said the Public Service ministry had for the last four years not carried out verification of pensioners “due to funding shortage and lack of clear addresses" [of the pensioners].

The verification of the pensioners will be done between February 20 and March 24 at the district headquarters by Face Technologies.

According to Mr Karubanga, Face Technologies will do the work, which the ministry failed.

However, it is still not clear how much the ministry will pay the company.

Face Technologies is the company that processes driving permits for motorists.

Workers Members of Parliament Margaret Rwabushaija and the Erute Member of Parliament Jonathan Odur said the government should tell Ugandans when it would pay the pensioners all their arrears.

Mr Karubanga said payments are the responsibility of the Finance ministry.

All that Public Service does is to furnish the Finance ministry with the particulars of the claimants.


Elderly persons petition Parliament over government funding:

 

By Olive Eyotaru


Posted Sunday, July 6 2014


He also said the President’s recent commitment that the programme will be extended to Nebbi has been futile, yet the pilot programme is slated to end in February 2015.


PARLIAMENT- A group of elderly persons, under their umbrella body, the National Network for Older Persons of Uganda (NNOPU), have petitioned Parliament, demanding an explanation from government over funding towards the Senior Citizens Grant programme under the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) programme.

SAGE, aimed at expanding social protection to vulnerable persons, was launched in 2011 and is currently supporting 104,000 older persons above 65 years in 14 pilot districts.

Presenting the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga on Friday, NNOPU chairperson, Mr John Orach, lamented that there is no financial commitment reflected in the 2014/2015 budget framework paper.

He also said the President’s recent commitment that the programme will be extended to Nebbi has been futile, yet the pilot programme is slated to end in February 2015.

“This has cast doubt on the future of the programme. The lack of demonstrable government commitment has caused anxiety among older persons in the districts where this programme has not been implemented, as well as uncertainty in the 14 pilot districts where it is currently operating,” Mr Orach noted.

Ms Kadaga acknowledged the efforts of the group, also revealing that she has been receiving complaints from the elderly persons in Busoga over lack of access to the money.

Mr Jim Mugunga, the Ministry of Finance spokesperson, told Sunday Monitor that the budget is the responsibility of line ministries, which Finance implements.

Efforts to get a comment from the State minister for the Elderly and the Disabled, Mr Suleiman Madada, were futile as his known phone number was switched off.

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Muha-kanizi on spot over Shs90b farmers cash 

 By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Monday, September 29  2014

The Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi who kept calling himself “ born again Christian” was today pushed on the wall and forced to apologise for the “inefficiencies” in the running of a Shs 90 billion facility meant for helping the poor farmers access cheap credit.

The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee noted “gross inefficiencies, conflict of interest and lack of supervision of the funds” on the part of Bank of Uganda and Ministry of Finance. Because of lack of supervision, PAC Chairperson Ms Alice Alaso said, the money has gone to the well-off farmers at the expense of the poor farmers and written off more than Shs499 million in bad debts.

On December 3 2009, the Governor Bank of Uganda Prof Emmanuel Mutebile wrote to Ministry of Finance, saying that Bank of Uganda could not monitor the implementation and evaluation of the facility, citing conflict of interest however to date, Mr Muhakanizi had not taken action. The ST apologised for “inefficiency” saying “he is also human”.

The committee expressed concerns about the possible risk to the funds and ordered Muhakanizi to streamline the monitoring of the scheme within one month. Officials from BoU told the committee that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Finance and clearly STATED that monitoring of the agriculture credit facility will not be their mandate.

Mr Muhakanizi returns to PAC next week.


Taata Omusoga ava e Iganga ate nga mulema oluusi antuma okumugulira bamalaaya wano mu Kampala:

By Lawrence Kitatta

Added 21st September 2016

Nzuukuka ku makya ng’obudde tebunnakya ne tutegula ebikunta oluvannyuma taata bw’aba yeetewuulizzaako mu kaveera nkakwata ne nkasuula mu kipipa kya Kcca ekiri e busukkakkubo. kyokka oluguudo ndusala mmagamaga emmotoka zireme kunkoona.


Nakasango ng’asindika kitaawe bagenda okusabiriza ssente.


Emboozi ye yaginyumirizza DAPHINE SEMAKULA NE LAWRENCE KITATTA

bw’ati:

Nzuukuka ku makya ng’obudde tebunnakya ne tutegula ebikunta oluvannyuma taata bw’aba yeetewuulizzaako mu kaveera nkakwata ne nkasuula mu kipipa kya Kcca ekiri e busukkakkubo. kyokka oluguudo ndusala mmagamaga emmotoka zireme kunkoona.

Bwe tuba twasuze n’amazzi tunaabako mu maaso era tunywako oluusi ne njolekera Kiswa gye nsoma mu P1.

Taata eyandibadde ampa ssente za bodaboda okuntwala ku ssomero ate nze mba nnina okumusindika ku kagaali nga tuva e Lugogo we tusula ku mulyango gwa GTZ.

Olumu ku ssomero anzigyayo ssaawa 4:00 ne tugenda ku kkubo gye tusabiriza. Olumu nsoma naye olulala nnemererwa.

Olusoma oluwedde nakola ebibuuzo era okuva olwo saaddayo kusoma. Buli lunaku tuzunga ekibuga kumpi okukimalako ne mpulira nga n’obugere bunfuuyirira.

Kasango ng’azingako akaveera akakola nga bulangiti e Lugogo okumpi ne siteegi ya New Vision, we basula ate Nakasango nga yeetereza batandike olugendo lw’okubuna ekibuga nga basabiriza.


Naye taata bw’atuuka ku kaserengeto olwo ng’anteeka mu maaso ng’akagaali kayiringita. Taata yangamba nti maama wange ye Nasim Namulondo abeera Iganga era gye yanzigya okundeeta e Kampala okutandika okusabiriza ku luguudo.

Enkuba bw’etonnya mu budde obw’ekiro olwo ne tuyimirira ku lubalaza we tusula olumu n’okutukuba etukuba naddala ng’erimu kibuyaga.

Obudde buli lwe buziba mba mu kweraliikirira. Taata oyo talina nsonyi antuma okumuyitira bamalaaya ekiro!

Omanyi bwe tuba twebase nsula ku ludda kw’assa ebigere wabula olumu ngenda okusisimuka nga mpulira anninnya mu maaso, ngenda okulaba nga mukazi.

Olumu mpulira n’amaloboozi ekiro naye nga sirina kyakukola. Bw’aleeta bamalaaya nga sinneebaka olwo nsituka busitusi ne ntuula ku kkubo mu kayumba ka siteegi ya New Vision okutuusa lwe bamaliriza naye ate olumu nneekanga nsuze awo. Olumu antuma e Nakawa ngule sooda.

Wano nga beetegeka okugenda.


TAATA YANZIBA AWAKA

Bwe yali yaakandeeta okunzigya mu kyalo ng’annyambaza nnyo engoye z’abalenzi nga tayagala bamulaba kumanya nti ndi muwala naye kati nange nnyambala ngoye z’abawala.

Nzijukira nali mbeera ne maama wange ne jjajja, twali tuzannya ne baganda bange be twabeeranga nabo awaka, abakulu tebaaliwo kw’olwo taata yajja awaka n’anzibawo n’antwala ewa jjajja omulala.

Ono kirabika ye maama we amuzaala wabula nga naye saamwetegereza bulungi era simumanyi. Taata bwe yawulira nti gye yanzigya baali batandise okunnoonya kwe kunzigyayo n’andeeta e Kampala.

Kye nzijukira twatuuka kiro era ekkubo eryatuleeta sirimanyi naye angamba nti ewaffe Iganga we wali ekyalo kyaffe.

Wabula okuva lwe natandika okubeera ne taata embeera tebeerangako nnyangu kuba ennaku ezisinga tusiibirira capati n’amazzi emmere tugirya lumu na lumu ate tugirya Kataza Bugoloobi kuba we wali eya layisi gy’asobola okugula.



Eno ku 1500/- tufuna ebijanjaalo n’akawunga ate ennyama ya 3,000/- naye ennyama emirundi gye nnaakagiryako mbala mibale ate essowaani tugigabana.

Emirundi gye nnaakabula sigimanyi!

Taata oyo ayomba nnyo! Waliwo olunaku lwe sisobola kwerabira. Yasuula engatto ye gye saamanya naye n’anvuma olunaku lwonna.

Kino tekyamumalira yansindika ne ngwa ku kolaasi ne nnuubuka nga kw’agasse n’okunkuba nga bw’andaalika nga bw’ajja okuntuga ansuule ku kkubo.

Ekyo buli lwe nkirowoozaako mmubulako olwo n’atandika okunnoonya ng’alaga nti anjagala nnyo kyokka ng’ansuza mu mpewo buli lunaku.

Ekisinga okunnuma ssente azifuna ezisobola okupangisa ennyumba naye azigulamu bamalaaya olwo nze ne mbonaabona.

Bamalaaya abasausla 5,000/- buli kiro. Waliwo Omuzungu atuwa 50,000/- buli kiseera ate ono olumu amusaba 70,000/- naye ezisinga azimalira mu bamalaaya b’agula.

Nze bw’antwala ku ssomero tandekera ssente za buugi ate angamba nti talina wadde za yunifoomu. Wabula ez’ebigezo batusaba 8,000/- era yali tazirina naye omusomesa ku ssomero ye yannyamba ne mbituula.

  Nakasango ne kitaawe nga bava we basula.

NNOONYA MMANGE

Ekizibu ekiriwo gye nava simanyiiyo. Nsaba maama Nasim Namulondo ow’e Iganga ankime kuba nkooye okuba mu mbeera embi. Ebbanga lye nsuze ku kkubo mpulira nkooye.

Olumu mbeera awo ne nneebuuza oba olunaku lulikya ne nzirayo ewaffe ne mbeerako ne baganda bange. Kati taata namudduseeko era nsula ku mbalaza mu kibuga naye annoonya buli wamu w’ansuubira okuba naye saagala kumulaba.

Taata alina ekifaananyi kye yeekubisa nga tuli babiri. Kati akwata akagaali ne yeefuula atalaba era omulema ennyo nga bw’abuuza buli gw’asanze oba amulabiddeko ku muwala we.

Ekyandeetedde okumubulako yankubye n’okunvuma ng’agamba nti nja kukola bwamalaaya oba mu bbaala. Bwe twamaze okulya capati n’andagira okugenda okusuulayo ebisaaniiko mu kasasiro bwe nafunye oluwenda kwe kudduka.

Wabula waliwo abakyala okuli Aunt Mather, Jane bano bandabirirako bwe namuddukako omulundi ogwasooka singa basobola okunkima bajje bankime bantwale kuba bo balina empisa era bandabirira bulungi nnyo kuba baali bampa n’ebiteeteeyi n’engatto naye taata yabavuma n’anzigyayo,’’ Nakasango bw’alojja.

Wabula ku Mmande ya wiiki eno Nakasango yalabiddwaako ng’ali ne kitaawe ku Spear Motors ku Jinja Road ng’amusindika mu kagaali. Kirabika yamaze n’amuzuula.

Wano Kasango ng’ayomba n’ababodaboda ng’ali ku kagaali ne muwala we.


EMBEERA Z’OMUSAJJA ONO

MUSA Kasango mukambwe okukira ennumba. Akolima, muyombi ate awemula nnyo. Abamumanyi bagamba nti teyazaalibwa nga mulema wabula alina ekizimbe kye yali akolako e Lugogo n’ava waggulu n’amenyeka okugulu era okuva olwo n’atandika okutambuza omuggo.

Wabula ng’asobola bulungi okutambula n’omuggo nga tali mu kagaali, naye eno embeera agiteekawo basobole okumusaasira bamuwe ssente.

Abeera ne ssente eziwera era Nakasango agamba nti bagenda ne bagula eddagala mu ‘famasi’ buli lunaku bagula ‘air time’. Ate awuliriza nnyo ne leediyo era bw’oyita we basula aba agitaddeko.

Nakasango agamba nti n’olumu banaaba ku ttaapu e Luzira oba waggulu e Kololo. Kigambaibwa nti alina n’enju gy’apangisa e Iganga mu Busoga ejjudde ebintu era nga mu kiseera kino ekuumibwa landirodi ng’olw’olumu agenda n’asulayo.

Kyokka waliwo eyatubuulidde nti alina akati ke yalonda nga kali mu kasawo, kano k’alomberako dduwa era ke yeesiga ng’emmundu emmenye okumulwanira entalo. “Nze ndi mulema naye ndi mukambwe, ekyokulwanyisa kye nneesiga jjinja.

Nja kuliimisa omuvubuka oyo eyankubye ebifaananyi mmukube; bwe yeeweredde abaamawulire. Nakasango y’omu ku baana ng’amaka ge bamanyi gali ku nguudo kwe basula.

Tebamanyi kitanda wadde amasuuka, wabula amaloboozi g’emmotoka ezibayitako ku nguudo kwe basula ge gababeesabeesa okutuusa otulo lwe tubatwala.

Abaana bano abatamanyi bitanda abatasulangako mu nnyumba ye Uganda y’enkya.


TUESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2014

Mr Keith Muhakanizi

The Finance ministry has released up to Shs 90bn in both pension and gratuities for retired central and local government staff.


In a Monday statement detailing the payment, the ministry said that all accounting officers that have not submitted details of staff due for retirement have been given until October 17 to do so.


At least 37 central and 72 local government votes have fully submitted their details and received their money. Another 16 central and 28 local government units have only submitted partial information.


The statement, signed by Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi, notes that if no submissions are made by October 17 in both soft and hard copies, it will be assumed that they do not have any requirement for gratuity.


Following government’s decision to decentralise the budgeting and payment of gratuity, accounting officers were requested to submit details of staff due for retirement in the financial year 2014/15.


The information was to be broken down by payroll category, including primary and secondary school teachers, traditional, and primary health care.


It would also include such details as monthly and annual pension, commuted pension gratuity, contract gratuity and any other gratuities that may apply to staff as indicated by the ministry of Public Service in an August 20, 2014 circular.


Kigezi senior citizens clash over Shs360 million of tax payers money:

President Museveni dances with members of a traditional music

President Museveni dances with members of a traditional music group in Kanungu District, Kigezi sub-region recently.


A wrangle is raging between Kigezi elders over Shs364 million President Museveni gave to Kigezi Elders’ Forum. PHOTO BY  IVAN OKUDA

The elders now claim that efforts to meet the President and break their silence on the impasse have hit a dead end after his aides deliberately blocked them on more than one attempt and State House officials refused to “re-channel the money deposited to an International Community of the Banyakigezi (ICOB) account - a separate organisation altogether”.

Late last year, a group of 24 elders from Kigezi sub-region districts of Kisoro, Kabale, Kanungu and Rukungiri met the President at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District. The elders asked the President to facilitate the production of a book on the history and culture of the Banyakigezi as well as a cultural centre in Kabale District.

Coming at the nascent stage of the latent power struggle between the President and his former prime minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, sources who spoke to Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said “the President warmed up to the idea with the elders pledging to counter Mr Mbabazi’s political advances in Kigezi sub-region.

That was the time Mr Mbabazi was going to attend the Uganda North America Association convention and the elders asked the President to facilitate them to also travel and counter Mbabazi”.

It now emerges the elders did not travel abroad. However, Mr Museveni had instructed his aides to handle the elders’ facilitation, pledging $130,000 (about Shs364m) towards their project.

The elders claim that by the time the President extended his financial arm to them, they were yet to formalise the organisation’s structure and open an account at Centenary Bank.

“As this process was ongoing, one of our own, Mr Ishmael Kabananukye, went behind our backs and instead requisitioned for the money, got it and State House staff sent it to a separate organisation from where it was withdrawn hurriedly,” an elder, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. Daily Monitor has obtained copies of letters written by Mr Kabananukye following up on the money from State House.

In a December 22, 2014 protest letter to State House, Prof Peter Baguma, the Kigezi Elders’ Forum treasurer, and Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba, its secretary, indicated that Mr Kabananukye had received Shs132m, part of the original pledge via an ICOB account.

Whereas Daily Monitor could not reach Dr Peter Ngatigize, the chairman of ICOB Uganda chapter for a comment, in an August 14, 2014 letter addressed to him, Mr Kabananukye wrote: “…requesting to withdraw Shs120m from ICOB Stanbic Account 9030006340805 for the ongoing field work research.”

He responded in a handwritten note to his staff, Mr Aggrey Mwesigwa and Ms Jolly Babiruhamu, saying: “Please facilitate the withdrawal of Shs120m from ICOB account towards the work being executed by Mr Kabananukye.”

Dr Ngatigize added in the August 18 note: “Note the urgency and expedite.”

The elders’ forum is now questioning why State House officials deposited the money to this account and why Dr Ngatigize gave instructions for the transaction to be expeditiously handled without raising a red flag. Interestingly, a balance was left on the account, unclaimed.

On September 25, 2014, Ms Lucy Nakyobe, the State House comptroller, wrote to the manager of Stanbic Bank main branch confirming and authorising payment of Shs131, 904,000 to ICOB. It is not clear why Mr Kabananukye only withdrew Shs120m, leaving at least Shs10m on the account.

Mr Kabananukye on Monday disowned the elders forum.

“I am not a member of Kigezi Elders’ Forum. I belong to ICOB and was acting on behalf of ICOB. By the time we got that money the elders’ forum was not there.


MPs pin Gen Saleh, Bbumba, Kazibwe in Shs10bn probe

 General Salim  Saleh.

File Photo

By SOLOMON ARINAITWE

Posted  Saturday, March 14  2015

UGANDA PARLIAMENT.

Parliament has adopted two reports pinning senior government officials for mismanaging a multibillion fund mooted to help small businesses and called for punitive action against the culprits, including President Museveni’s brother, Gen Salim Saleh.

The House late Thursday evening adopted a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that called for action on former vice president Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, former Finance minister Syda Bbumba and former Fisheries State Minister and now government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa and several government officials over their role in the bungled Shs10 billion fund for market vendors and small business operators created in 2010.

The MPs also adopted another report by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises accusing Gen Saleh of introducing Uganda Coffee House, APS Denmark – a firm he and his wife Jovia Saleh had a stake in, to do business with the government. More than Shs30b could have been lost in the botched coffee projects.

Gen Saleh was also separately implicated by the PAC report for using public funds for politicking.

On Wednesday, the Agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi put up a spirited defence of the transactions made between Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and the government but the MPs shot down his explanations as mere “lies and misleading the House”.

MP Ssemujju Nganda, who led the inquiry into the mess at UCDA, told Parliament that President Museveni convened a meeting at State House where he demanded that the money be given to his brother Saleh ostensibly to market Uganda’s coffee.

“If they had implemented all the political directives, we were going to lose much more. The one of Denmark, the chief promoter of the company that wanted to add value to Ugandan coffee – Gen Saleh - wanted $15m (about Shs28.5b).

He had been given up to Shs3b. You can understand the environment under which people are working. There were three meetings at State House chaired by the Head of State and you are asked to provide money for someone to add value to Uganda’s coffee,” Mr Ssemujju submitted.

It was not clear why the PAC report was not debated as the Deputy Speaker had directed last week. Mr Jaco Oulanyah last week deferred the debate to allow “consultations” on the report. The NRM Parliamentary Caucus later met to discuss the report with President Museveni insisting that the ministers named in the report have a case to answer.

Recommendations

On Salim Saleh. The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises report found Gen Saleh guilty of influence peddling and recommended action against him.

Nankabirwa.

The PAC report held her personally responsible for diversion of public funds and recommended that she be investigated by the IGG for possible violation of the Leadership Code.

Bbumba: The report held her liable for abuse of office and diversion of public funds.

Keith Muhakanizi: Be held responsible for ignoring the request for an MoU and transferring money to Micro Finance Support Centre without clear guidelines.

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Posted: 1st July 2016






Ono omwaana ye Jerome.

Taata ye Kigundu. Maama yaduka dda omwaanawe namulekera Kitaawe. Taata alina okuvuga Boda-boda. Omwaana amulekera Auntie we afumba Chapati wano kubuduuka bwa Mugalu Zone nga ogenda Enamere.

Abasawo babivaako obyokumujjanjaba nga nesente teziriwo. Olina kumutunulira nyo okutegeera obuzibu bwe. Atambula, alya, akaaba, awulira nga Tonda bweyamuwa ebirabo ebyo. Naye abulamu bwe nga omwaana mu banne waliwo obuzibu obweetaga abakugu ba baana okubutegeera. Mpozzi nga ensi eno bwefunye Minister webyokusoma kwa baana omupya ate nga mukyala wa President wa Uganda, Joremu ajja kuvaayo gyaali.






Jorome tayinza kwambazibwa mpale.

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EDDIINI E BUGANDA

Posted on 19th September, 2014

FRIDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 

 Some of the cult followers who were present when the Regional District       Commissioner Mr Linos Ngompek, visited these Ganda traditionalists

 

From the onset, one may think that they are Muslims. Both men and women dress in white, and cover their heads in the way Muslims do.

They constructed a number of huts, similar to shrines used by witch-doctors, and three ponds were dug in their premises, with the purpose of cleansing new converts. Their main prayer house is grass-thatched, decorated with portraits of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary, with copies of the Qur’an and Bible all over the place.

Verses of the holy Qur’an are also pinned up on the walls of this all-white house.

At some moments, you can see them prostrating in the same way Muslims do in mosques. Unlike Muslims who recite a number of prayers while bowing, these don’t say a word. When a follower shows up, they move nine times around a fire at the entrance, before they proceed to make a complete bath, remove all clothes and dress up in white.

This is the cult with over 100 followers in Mwalo village in Kyabakuza, at the outskirts of Masaka municipality. It is the cult whose leader, Pascazia Nakafeero, stopped her followers from participating in the recent national census until enumerators invaded the place with armed policemen and forced them to take part.

Vision

Nakafeero claimed to have received a vision from angel Gabriel some time back. She was, allegedly, instructed to heal people using the water she collected from Lakes Kyoga, Victoria and George and she put in ponds.

“That angel came to me in a night vision and confirmed to me that his name is Gabriel as referred to by the Christians and Gibril, the Muslim way. He instructed me to respect everyone who comes to me and stopped me from eating pork or going anywhere near a grave,” Nakafeero said.

For anyone to become a follower, he or she is required to pay Shs 50, 000, and Nakafeero said the response was positive.

“At first, no one was paying, but later, angel Gabriel set up a fee of Shs 1,500 which rose to Shs 50, 000,” Nakafeero explained.

When Masaka Resident District Commissioner Linos Ngompek learnt of Nakafeero’s activities, he stormed the place and demanded to know what was going on. He, together with a team of other security people, inspected all the huts and found nothing scaring, apart from the ponds. Asked what the name of her cult was, Nakafeero said she did not have a specific name for this ‘religion’, but all that she knew was that it was started on the instructions of angel Gabriel.

“He [Gabriel] usually comes to me during the night and tells me what would happen the following day,” Nakafeero told Ngompek, adding that she knew about his visit to the premises from the vision she had received the previous night.

Cautioned

After washing their bodies completely, followers put on white clothes and cover their heads. They then head for the biggest hut, remove their shoes and stand around the central pole inside the hut. Prayers start by singing all the stanzas of Ekitiibwa kya Buganda, followed by hymns from the Catholic Church.

Nakafeero told The Observer that she respected all government programmes and she did not have any intentions of opposing the national census or the national ID project. She, however, did not explain why her followers were only counted after the police’s intervention. After carrying out the inspection, Ngompek said he would present this cult’s issue to the next district security committee meeting and discuss the way forward.

“The first mistake these people made is keeping their children in the shrines at the time when they are supposed to be at school,” Ngompek said, adding that Nakafeero’s activities had to be monitored closely to avoid people losing their lives like the case was in Kanungu, when Kibwetere and his group burnt hundreds of people.

Ngompek also cautioned Nakafeero against soliciting money from her followers without giving receipts.

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