Nakawa Market officials deny embezzlement
Publish Date: Oct 21, 2008
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By Patrick Jaramogi
THE Nakawa Market Vendors Association executives have been charged over sh100m accumulated electricity bills.

The officials, Paddy Sentamu, the chairperson, Baguma Rugumayo, the general secretary and Hawa Birungi, the treasurer were charged with embezzlement at the Nakawa court and remanded to Luzira Prison.

The trio were released on court bail on Friday. The arrest of the officials followed a complaint by some of the 7,000 vendors who had gone without electricity for a while.

“Umeme (the electricity company) was demanding sh112m but we paid sh20m though over sh90m was accumulated from Kampala City Council (KCC), our predecessors who mismanaged the market,” Festo Turinawe, the secretary finance, said

Sentamu said the association won the tender to manage the market four months ago. “How can you say that new management caused electricity arrears of sh112m in four months?” he quizzed.

Rosette Nalwanga, the umeme area manager, said the vendors had so far paid sh20m out of the sh112m. “We agreed to reconnect electricity after the vendors paid the shs20m and remit sh20m monthly for the remaining balance,” she stated.

“We now have electricity after paying,”Sentamu said.

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