By Kagenyi Lukka
A controversy has hit the Indian Community in Uganda with some members threatening to boycott the upcoming visit of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi is slated to visit Uganda on 24 July this year accompanied by a huge business delegation.
At the heart of the crisis is the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda Ravi Shankar who is being accused of conniving with Former Rubaga North MP Singh Katongole to swindle billions raised by the community towards organising the highly billed event.
The envoy is also accused of causing cliques in the Indian Association of Uganda that has held more than 20,000 Indians in Uganda since 1922.
Sources say Ravi Shankar the Commissioner is silently dealing with Singh Katongole, Pradeep Karia a Director of Property Services to deny some Indians opposed to his extortionist tendencies an opportunity to interface with some of the Multi-billionaires who will accompany Modi on a historic visit.
Modi is expected to hold bilateral talks and also open the convention Centre in Entebbe.
Ravi Shankar and Singh are working secretly with Pradeep by playing politics with other Indians which this will leave Indian Association torn apart into pieces yet they are known for Unity.
What is at the heart of the bitter row is the money raised through fundraising.
Indians are also accusing them of pocketing business deals with Pradeep Karia and his Partner in business Silu Virani.
It’s NOT the first time for Pradeep to be in such scandals, recently he has been sighted in High corruption cases and Land Wrangles with also Toshik Patel and the embattled Minister of Lands in Uganda Betty Amongi for grabbing Indian Properties and Land in Uganda.
Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister. After his election as prime minister, Modi resigned as the chief minister and as an MLA from Maninagar on 21 May 2014.