Minister Elioda choking on debts, begs Museveni for Shs850m bail out

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Dr Elioda Tumwesigye

Minister of Science and Technology Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has admitted writing to President Museveni begging for Shs850m bail out after accumulating debts during Sheema municipality by-election.

This came after a letter dated June 20, 2019 addressed to the president circulated on social media Saturday.

In the letter, Elioda starts by thanking the president for giving audience to the Russian federation delegation and staff from the ministry of science, technology and innovation ahead of their journey to Moscow.

“Permit me also to sincerely thank you for re-affirming the pledge to help me financially in the personal discussion you kindly allowed me to have with you on the same day,” writes Elioda.

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“You re-affirmed the pledge to help me settle the debts that accrued from last year’s successful elections of MP Sheema Municipality.”

He further writes: “Your excellency, as I informed you then and as I had been doing so through many letters of request since September 2018, I borrowed from Money Lenders and a SACCO and am now under immense pressure to pay the accumulated outstanding principal, interest and penalties now totalling UGX850M.”

Elioda told a local website ChimpReports that seeking help from the president who is also the Chairman of the ruling NRM Party was not a crime.

Speaking from his farm in western Uganda, Elioda said he was busy preparing to reclaim the same seat come 2021 general elections.

The minister also admitted that he was still choking on debts from the previous general elections.

He was among the six MPs who on Friday lost their seats following a ruling by the Constitutional Court in Kampala on grounds that they were elected for non-existence constituencies.

Others include; Patrick Ochan (Apac, UPC party), Tarsis Rwaburindore (Ibanda, NRM party), Hashim Sulaiman (Nebbi, NRM party), Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri, Jeema party) and Abraham Lokii (Kotido, NRM party).

The ruling follows a petition filed by former Bufumbira East MP Eddie Kwizera.

Criticism

Even events promoter Balaam Barugahara was not amused by this development.

“Seen a Letter purportedly written by a Minister seeking bailout! This system of Individual financial bailout must stop in 2019. The 850m can empower & Skill 850 Small scale Younger people to improve their standard of living,” Balaam said.

He added: “”There need a flying pan, Sigiri, charcoal ,cooking oil, wheat floor and mudala to start chapati or Katogo Business anywhere in Uganda” . Let’s not over stress Mzee with personal financial bail outs. He put enabling environment for us to do business and grow economically.”

He went on: “Let’s Support and Empower the Jobless not people already earning over 30M in parliament and as a Minister. Let’s us allow Mzee work and support the Jobless to Prosper as well.”

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