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Ailing journalist’s cash lands NRM officials in trouble

Ailing Brenda Gimbo
Ailing Brenda Gimbo

Police in Jinja are investigating circumstances under which UShs20 million, which is part of the Shs110 million that President Yoweri Museveni donated to a Jinja-based journalist Ms Brenda Gimbo to go for neurosurgery in India was swindled by mafias.

This comes at a time when Jinja district NRM executive committee is also seeking the resignation of their vice chairman Majid Dhikusooka for his involvement in the said scum.

Ms Gimbo, a Veteran journalist in Jinja suffers from a brain tumor which prompted her to seek public support in order to have it operated in India. She travelled to Yashoda Hospital in India on Saturday last week

But Deputy Kiira Regional Police spokesperson Onesmus Mwesigwa says investigations have started adding that they recorded statements from Ms Gimbo and her husband before HER departure to india.”We have intervened in this case after a public outcry and we have opened UP a file to investigate how much money was swindled,” MrMwesigwa said.

He said a team of police experts from the Economic Crimes Unit is interested in the CCTV footage at the Bank of Africa branch in Jinja and the account’s print out to ascertain how much money was withdrawn and prove if surely part of the money was swindled.

Ms Gimbo received the Shs110 million after a request to President Museveni by the Busoga Journalists Association.

Trevor Solomon Baleke through speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

Upon receipt the president directed State House to release the money toMs Gimbo the following week.

Before her departure, Ms Gimbo said that at first she was forced to give a kickback of Shs40 million but negotiated with the State House ‘lobbyists’ and intermediaries who later accepted to take Shs20 million.

She added that the people who demanded for the inducement had even threatened to revenge on her four children if she failed to respond to their request positively

“I thank the President and all other people who contributed to my plea because I received 110 Million as I had requested. But the bad thing is that Shs20 million has been taken and the balance is not enough to cater for my budget,” Ms Gimbo said adding she gave the money because of too much pressure and threats.

Sources allege that the money which was  given to a one Dhikusoka was a kick back meant for a one Kembabazi  at State House.