By Davis Buyondo
Robert Ssesanga, the NRM registrar for Lyantonde district, who had reportedly led to loss of the party’s money was arrested on Saturday.
The money, sh38.8m, was meant to facilitate councillors who were contesting on the party ticket. Ssesanga reportedly disappeared from Lyantonde district upon receiving the said money.
The incident occurred on February 17, 2016, sparking off a series of protests among the aggrieved councillors. The candidates stormed the district NRM chairman, Eria Ssewandigi’s office, demanding the money, but could not get it.
The Police had been hunting for Ssesanga until they arrested him in Kampala. On Saturday, he was transferred to Lyantonde Police station where the case was filed. The Police had arrested Ssewandigi suspecting that he connived with Ssesanga to steal the money. But he was released after recording a statement.
Ssewandigi and some councillors lost in the recently concluded LC3 elections and attributed the defeat to the loss of the money. He said his opponent Mustafa Kalule, who won the race to become LC3 chairman for Lyantonde Town council, used the incident to decampaign him.
Rogers Kapere, the District Police Commander, confirmed Ssesanga’s arrest, saying that investigations into the matter have begun. He added that he will be charged with theft and abuse of office.
He appealed to the affected councillors to go and record statements concerning the missing funds in order to speed up their investigations.
Investigating officers say that Ssesanga was denied Police bond due to the nature and circumstances surrounding the case. They add that also his life is in danger since the aggrieved parties threatened to lynch him upon release.
A police constable who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity says the Ssesanga declined to reveal where he put or what he used the money for. He said the DPC turned away several NRM officials who tried to secure a Police bond for Ssesanga.
Joseph Juuko, one of the affected councillors of Kinuuka sub-county, applauded the Police’s effort in the pursuit for the case. However, when contacted, Ssesanga declined to talk about the matter only to plead with reporters not to run the story.
Meanwhile, Ssewandigi says that Ssesanga faces tough disciplinary action or expulsion from the party, accusing him of tainting the image of the party. He added that they are working out modalities to ensure the money is recovered and given to the councilors.