Masindi youth vice chairman breaks silence, explains his arrest over alleged Emyoga extortion

Following his arrest over the alleged extortion of Emyoga group leaders, the Masindi District Youth Vice Chairman, Mr Nicholas Babweteera, has broken silence about circumstances that led to his detention.

On 25 last month, police arrested and detained Mr Babweteera on the orders of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Martin Mugabi, after it purportedly emerged that the latter was soliciting for a bribe of Shs60, 000 from each of the Emyoga group leaders for a trip to Kampala so they could learn more about the programme.  

Addressing the media in Masindi town, Mr Babweteera said that his arrest was stage-managed by his opponents to weaken his political muscle ahead of the forthcoming general poll since he bears the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag for Bwijanga sub-county.

He said that the money he asked for was meant to transport Emyoga group leaders for a training workshop organised by Wolabyeko Gwomwana that reportedly trains people on government programmes.

The politician added that the workshop was scheduled to take place at Hotel Royal in Nansana, Wakiso district with intent to equip the leaders on Emyoga, Operation Wealth Creation and Sacco formation.

He vowed to continue lobbying for such so the people of Bwijanga can benefit.     

Audio: Babweteera on his arrest (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The Masindi District Community Development Officer (DCDO), Mr Vincent Busiinge, said he received information from a section of residents in Bwijanga complaining that Mr Babweteera was demanding money from them for an alleged trip to Kampala.

Mr Busiinge added that after contacting the relevant security officials, he was told that they were not aware of the claims, thus, resulting in the arrest.

The DCDO said upon police investigations, it was realised that Mr Babweteera was innocent before being given a green-light to continue mobilising other groups so they can benefit from Emyoga.

Audio: Busiinge on Babweteera’s arrest (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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