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Video: Besigye Receives ‘Tithes’ from Rukungiri People who Got Museveni’s Shs Five Billion Donations

Rukungiri People Give Besigye Share of Museveni Donations

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Four-time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has received tithes from Rukungiri women and youth groups who recently received donations worth over Shs 5bn from three-decade president Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye receives a tenth of Museveni donation to Rukungiri people.
Besigye receives a tenth of Museveni donation to Rukungiri people.

Last month, Museveni donated over Shs 5bn to 110 groups.

The opposition castigated Museveni for ‘bribing voters’ ahead of this month’s Rukungiri Woman MP by-election.

It also later emerged that some of the groups which had received the money were non-existent.

And when Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, joined other party officials at the nomination of Betty Muzanira, some of the Museveni donation recepients ‘blessed’ the opposition kingpin.

Members of some of the groups gave Besigye what they termed as “tithe” or 1/10 of What Museveni gave them.

Museveni made two trips to Rukungiri in just one month (between March and April).

In the first trip, Museveni opened a village bank in Nyakagyeme Rukungiri.

In the other, he donated the cash to the ‘development groups’.

Rukungiri is Besigye’s hometown — and an opposition stronghold.

Indeed, in Museveni’s March visit, the opposition claimed the people of Rukungiri had shunned Museveni rally.

But State House accused the opposition of doctoring the photos from Museveni’s meeting. 

In his address then, Museveni said Rukungiri people were infected with FDC disease.

And Besigye, referred to by the opposition as the people’s President, told Museveni that the people of Rukungiri did not recognise him as president. 

Besigye swore himself in as president after the Electoral Commission announced Museveni as winner of the 2016 presidential election.

Treason charges still hang on Besigye’s head.


At Rukungiri Stadium, some members of beneficiary groups got to the podium to present their tithe to Besigye.

This will not be the first time voters are giving Besigye money.

In 2015 and 2016, Besigye received gifts and cash from his supporters during his campaign trail.

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