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Rakai leaders unite to save RDC Kiyimba as IGG prepares to strike over corruption

Rakai RDC, Ms Sarah Kiyimba speaking at an event in Rakai recently (Photo/Courtesy)

Rakai, (UG):- The political and technical leadership of Rakai District has collectively stepped forward to defend under-fire Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Ms Sarah Kiyimba amid reports that she could be on the verge of destruction over corruption.

This is after a deadly mafia reportedly coming out circling in what has variously been interpreted as an attempt to create a leeway for evil to thrive in the district unabated.

Ms Kiyimba has been accused of a barrage of corruption involvement in what indicatively seems like a well-targeted campaign to malign and destroy her as an individual.

In a letter shared by a Ugandan local online news outlet, purportedly written by one Kamugisha Barbara, the hitherto spotlessly clean President’s Woman is ironically accused of pocketing billions in illegal dealings with Rakai District Local Government, including a juicy deal to maintain district roads at a mouth-watering daily budget of Shillings 7 million.

Kiyimba is additionally reported to have influenced the laying off of up to 5% of the District workforce and replaced them with her people besides bringing in her private tractors and rendering those donated by the Central Government redundant.

However, in an exclusive interview with this publication, Rakai District Secretary for Works, Mr Ssebalindye Umar ripped into the malicious propaganda, expressing regret that negative forces are out to fight an innocent hardworking person like Sarah Kiyimba.

On the allegations levelled against Kiyimba, Ssebalindye, who is also the Local Council Five Vice Chairman, outrightly trashed the accusations as fake and not worth any attention. He notes that Rakai has scored tremendously in the area of road works working within the budgetary constraints, describing claims that a section of the budget is diverted to the RDC as laughable.

Ssebalindye also dismissed claims that the roads equipment donated to the district by the Central Government is currently unusable. The Vice Chairman notes that since he is in charge of dispatching such equipment for duty, “I can reliably inform you that all of them are in perfect working condition and are currently stationed in Buyamba doing district work. His account rhymes with that of the Chief Administrative Officer ( CAO), Katushabe Beatrice who says all the equipment is in perfect t working condition but the district has gone ahead to hire extra equipment to handle the ever-increasing workload.

This, she says is done by outsourcing private contractors which is allowed under the law. She also sharply dismisses reports that the RDC has private tractors working in the district, noting that she has not seen them or heard of them.

In defense of the RDC, Rakai District LG Chairperson Mr Ssekamwa Kaggwa described the attack as outright malice, adding that Kiyimba would be the last person he would believe to be accused of corruption.

“She is outrightly clean. Whoever is pushing this must be having grudges with her as a person. Everybody in the district is pleased with her work. I initially had clashes with her but that has long been settled and I am the first person to bet she is innocent.” Ssekamwa says.

Kiyimba also has an unlikely defender in Hon Sophia Nankabirwa- the Lwanda Sub County Councillor of the National Unity Platform( NUP) who denies knowledge of the said private tractors belonging to Kiyimba in Rakai District. “The fact is that the RDC is being accused falsely. I have neither heard or seen such tractors in Rakai. Whoever is behind the circulation of that information must be knowing the purpose for doing it,” she said.

The testimonies for the leaders sharply contrasts the report in the media to the effect that Kiyimba is a generally disliked leader in Rakai. In fact, Mr Ssebalinde has warned that whoever is being used to fight her should desist because it will be Rakai to lose more than the person they think they are targeting.

He waxed relical of the Presidential Envoy for marketing Rakai which sphere he says Kiyimba has exceedingly excelled beyond and above most of his predecessors.

“That woman has promoted our district. No one seemed to care about us but because of her, we have penetrated and we can now receive invitations to workshops from as far as South Africa. Whoever wants her down should refrain.” Ssebalindye contends.

Kiyimba has been at the centre of a courageous fight against corruption and the vice of land grabbing in Rakai which leaders and ordinary people alike suspect could have made her step on the toes of some oppressors and dirty-handed people who could be out for revenge.

It’s not yet clear whether the IGG’s office has officially received the said petition as our repeated calls were unanswered by the time of filing this statement.

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