Kadaga Orders Gen Elly Tumwine to Immediately Vacate Nommo Gallery, Pay Shs 1.6 Billion in Rent Arrears
Tax Payers Cough Millions to Maintain Nommo Gallery
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has ordered security minister Gen Elly Tumwiine to immediately vacate the Nommo National Art Gallery and to pay Shs 1.6bn in rent arrears.
The rent arrears have accumulated since 1998 when the general, who fought in the war that brought President Yoweri Museveni to power, took over the facility.
Tumwine also represents the UPDF in parliament.
KADAGA DIRECTS GEN TUMWINE TO VACATE NOMMO GALLERY
Now, speaker Kadaga has ordered Tumwine to vacate, saying that bush war veterans should not hold Ugandans at ransom.
“The issue of Nommo Gallery is a serious indictment of this house that we have been budgeting for Nommo when it has been appropriated by one individual,” said Kadaga.
The report by the committee on Gender on the Ministerial Policy Statement of the Ministry of gender for the financial year 2018/2019 is what irked Kadaga.
Committee chairperson Alex Ndeezi told the house that Creations Limited, Gen Tumwine’s company, has never paid rent for Nommo Gallery since occupation in 1998.
“Efforts to collect rent from Gen. Elly Tumwine have remained futile. By 2017, rent arrears had accumulated to Shs1, 620, 100, 000 and the Auditor General has raised concerns over the same matter,” Ndeezi said.
Kadaga then reacted: “If we don’t treat this impunity, one day, someone will come and take over Parliament and claim that it is his house claiming that he fought in the bush.”
“This House directs Hon Tumwine to pay off the rent but also to vacate because it is a public facility.”
Located in Nakasero, Kampala, Nommo gallery was established by an act of parliament in 1964 as a component of the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC).
Tax payers even cough millions for the maintenance of the facility.
For the next financial year, Ugandan tax payers will pay Shs 44.6m to rehabilitate a facility used by an private company.