Mayhem as MPs ‘steal’ Shs29m Kaudha burial money

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The late Hon. Kaudha Grace Hailat(Iganga Municipality)

Chaotic scenes were recorded at Magogo village in Nawaningi Sub-county Iganga district during the burial of Woman MP Hailat Kaudha Magumba on Sunday.

In what former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, called indignity of the highest order, the deceased Kaudha’s supporters attacked MPs from Busoga sub-region accusing them of stealing Shs29m that was supposed to cater for her burial.

The burial organising committee led by Moses Grace Balyeku, the Jinja West MP and Iganga Municipality MP Peter Mugema, allegedly pocketed part of the Shs30m that parliament fundraised to cater for the ceremony and only handed in Sh1m.

Ismail Typac Waiswa, who led the group of youthful supporters, demanded to know where the balance [Shs29m] went.

“You have only released Shs1m yet the funds were meant for organising this function,” Typac is quoted by Daily Monitor questioning MP Balyeku.

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“We shall not allow you to make any speech at the function till you release the funds,” the youth swore as the law makers denied the allegations.

Balyeku quickly defended himself saying he never received a single coin from parliament.

Mugema also insisted he received Shs1m from Busoga parliamentary caucus which he gave to the deceased MP’s mother.

It took the good heart of a Samaritan who gave the youth Shs500,000 to calm the situation.

“Indignity of fighting over money for MP’s burial! Calmness bought with Shs 500K! Worrying,” Besigye commented on the saga.

Kaudha, 31, died last Friday night at Mulago National Referral due to severe preeclampsia, a complication in pregnancy characterised by high blood pressure.

The fracas came a day after Democratic Party supporters exchanged blows nearly marring the burial of former Kampala mayor, John Ssebaana Kizito.

Last month in the most bizarre scenarios ever, the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities officials were accused of pocketing Shs 13.5 million meant to cater for the family of the late Maria Nakalema Lubega Mutagamba, the former minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.

Instead Mutagamba’s family, confirmed having received only Shs 7 million.

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