By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/Umoja Standard.
Lwengo, Greater Masaka: Lwengo based Volunteer Uganda Extra Ltd (VUEL) an organization that is based on human rights, Anti-corruption and Legal protection under its President Tushabe Bruce Nzabanita on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Ibrahim Kitata Almalik who doubles as Lwengo District Chairperson and Spokesperson Office of the National Chairperson (ONC)- National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the two discussed matters of streamlining governance for the benefit of common Ugandans.
Volunteer Uganda Extra Ltd is a duly incorporated body under the laws of Uganda operating within Uganda with a mandate fighting corruption, protection of human rights, ensuring transparency and ac countability of public funds, legal protection and rule of law.
On behalf of Board of Governors of Volunteers Uganda Extra Limited, Mr. Tushabe highlighted that they’re in terms with supporting Mr. Museveni for his 2026 presidential bid with a provision that he will iron out key issues that have impeded Ugandans from enjoying their entitled welfare as a result of a few elements in public offices.
“If Mr. Museveni has 2026 presidential bid, we are okay with it but the bid should be rooting into human rights protection, fighting corruption, reclaiming efficiency of public offices and others. Institutions like Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Judiciary, Courts of law, Police and others are great contributors to some of the wrongs accused on Mr. Museveni’s government”. Said Mr. Tushabe.
“If such institutions are streamlined that Ugandans can enjoy human rights, get bail in time, legit sanctioning of files from DPP without malice, we shall be good to go”. He added.
He sought that President Museveni institutes a commission of inquiry into DPP’s duties to ensure that the Directorate sanctions files in a lawful manner after undergoing serious investigations to unearth factual evidence.
He added that the issue of ‘bail’ should also be prioritized especially on misdemeanor cases (non-capital offences) and also create balance on capital offenses by allowing suspects face judges lawfully and in time, convicted if found guilty and tried and vice versa.
“For example, Ms. Justine Namere filed a lawsuit against me on a misdemeanor case of cyber harassment but it is now a year without DPP’s or police file which is an injustice. They sanctioned me a file maliciously before court without enough evidence and when the file was taken to DPP, the Directorate issued that, further inquiries”. Mr. Tushabe.
“It is alleged that Assistant DPP Greayter Masaka, Resident State Attorney- Greater Masaka and others under him sanction people maliciously with insufficient evidence, it is also common with Police in Greater Masaka where by it seeks money that range between UGX (20,000 to 50,000) from individuals to enter their cases into the file and this is wrong”. He added.
“It is also alleged that Police asks for an amount ranging between UGX. (30,000 to 50,000) to enter a case in SD book, in adiition to fuel and snifer dogs which common Ugandans might not have. This creates a situation that there’s almost no free service at police stations especially in Greater Masaka”. Said Tushabe Bruce Nzabanita- President Volunteer Uganda Extra Ltd (VUEL).
He expressed dissatisfaction on mishandling of public funds by some public servants, unfair tax on small businesses and others without backflow of service delivery.
“The former is what we have asked our District Chairperson Lwengo to present to His Excellency the President in that Ugandans can enjoy deserving welfare”. Mr. Tushabe.
Responding to concerns presented by Volunteer Uganda Extra Limited represented by Mr. Tushabe, Mr. Ibrahim Kitata Almalik the Lwengo District Chairperson and Spokesperson Office of the National Chairperson (ONC)- National Resistance Movement (NRM) committed to stand with the organization in fighting to right issues that affect Ugandans in all spheres for socio-economic development.
“I have taken note of your issues as most important and an eye opener and I promise to forward them to President Museveni for review in order for him and our party to serve Ugandans with diligence, transparency and equitably”. Mr. Kitata.
Mr. Kitata promised to join the move geared towards fighting corruption, abuse of office and others in the district.
He also highlighted that there are gaps in Lwengo District Service Commission as it is alleged that there is unclear awarding of jobs and contracts and it is against this background that he vowed to work with Volunteer Uganda Extra Ltd and citizens to carry out investigations and see guilty commission members replaced.