Kumi SACCO Chairman Accused of Soliciting Sex in Exchange for PDM Funds – The Ankole Times

Kumi SACCO Chairman Accused of Soliciting Sex in Exchange for PDM Funds

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
PHOTO - Kumi Town
Evelyn Atim
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In a rural area of Kumi District, Eastern Uganda, a dramatic incident took place involving Mr. Michael Ocuma, the chairman of a Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (Sacco). Giripasio Odwongo, an individual living with a disability, made accusations against Mr. Ocuma. He claimed that Mr. Ocuma had demanded sexual favors from his wife, Ms. Janet Aanyu, and extorted UGX 80,000 from her. According to Mr. Odwongo, after his wife offered the money as a bribe to Mr. Ocuma, the Sacco chairman made inappropriate advances.

The situation escalated in Okanyapuru Parish, Ogoma Sub County, Kumi District, as the Minister of State for Microfinance and Small Enterprises, Mr. Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, became involved in addressing these serious allegations during his visit to Kumi District as part of the Productive Diversification and Marketing Project (PDM) monitoring.

During the confrontation, Mr. Odwongo, who is a person living with a disability, stated, “I am a disabled person, and we, as disabled individuals, rely on women. He wants to take my wife.”

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In his defence, Mr. Ocuma contended that he and Mr. Odwongo were clan members with pre-existing clan-related conflicts. He vehemently denied any wrongdoing and insisted that he is a married man with no interest in the spouses of others. Mr. Ocuma also raised questions about the credibility of the accusations and pointed out issues regarding Mr. Odwongo’s wife’s hygiene and alcohol consumption, stating, “His wife is a drunkard who doesn’t bathe. How could I be interested in such a woman?”

In response to the allegations, Mr. Kasolo promptly instructed Mr. Ocuma to provide a statement to both the police and the Office of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC).

Buyinza Twaha, the Kumi District Police Commander (DPC), reported that statements had been obtained from both parties and assured that a thorough investigation would be carried out due to “several allegations” against Mr. Ocuma.

Mr. Nelson Akol Elungnat, the LC5 Chairperson for Kumi, stressed the importance of investigating various issues related to PDM, suggesting the possibility of fraudulent activities within its operations.

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As a proud contributor to both The Ankole Times and NS Media, Evelyn has her finger on the pulse of what's hot and happening. When she's not busy crafting headlines that can make a hyena laugh, Atim enjoys taking long walks through the vibrant streets of Uganda, seeking inspiration in the most unexpected places—like the chaotic traffic or the street food vendors whose stories are as spicy as their dishes.
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