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Agent holds MP’s academic papers, marriage certificate hostage over KSh6.4M campaign money

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  • A Ugandan MP and his political agent are embroiled in a row after the latter held the lawmaker’s academic papers and other crucial documents hostage over KSh6.4M campaign money.
  • The agent says, “I am surprised that she is accusing me of stealing her documents even after failing to pay me. She is just a traitor and she knows it deep down her heart.”

A Ugandan MP and his political agent are embroiled in a row after the latter held the lawmaker’s academic papers and other crucial documents hostage, demanding KSh6.4 million.

The quest for political seats is usually an expensive affair, especially in African countries where a section of the electorate have become accustomed to handouts.

The candidates and political parties solicit funds to finance their campaigns from different organisations, donors, business tycoons and friends. As an old maxim goes: he who controls the country’s wealth controls its politics.

After the electioneering period is over, the wealthy business people who invested in elections expect their interests to be protected.

A Ugandan MP and his political agent are embroiled in a row after the latter held the lawmaker’s academic papers and other crucial documents hostage, demanding KSh6.4 million.

Ashraf Rweyeshera claims he spent the money on Ntungamo Woman MP Joseline Kamateneti Bata’s campaign both during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries last year and later during the general election early this year.

To force the MP into paying the money, Rweyeshera allegedly confiscated the legislature’s academic papers and other documents including marriage certificate, national identification card, two passports, and land title.

Police have since arrested the political agent. Ntungamo District Police Commander Geofrey Orochi, confirming the arrest to Ugandan outlet Daily Monitor, says that investigations into the case have commenced.

On her part, the politician claims she lost the documents after she was nominated for the 2020 NRM primaries at the party headquarters. She says she reported the case to Ntungamo Police Station.

“When I went for NRM primaries for nominations, I had taken photocopies but they demanded that I present the original copies. My names were also mismatching and I had to bring my marriage certificate to show why I was using the name Bata, who is my husband. One of my agents took the original documents and the envelope remained in the car. We later learnt the documents were missing but I could not suspect him among all the people,” she told journalists.

The MP says she knew the agent had the documents when he started blackmailing her.

“Imagine he went to my mother and told her that he would do something bad to me if I don’t give him the money. This is the only time I suspected he could be having my documents. I started engaging several people to investigate the issue. It’s unfortunate he is demanding the money yet when I got my first salary, I sent him Shs10m as appreciation like my other agents.”

He claims that he used his Toyota V8 to transport the politician throughout her two-year campaign.

Rweyeshera on his part said: “I was in charge of her everything including security of her campaign. She gave me the documents to keep because she did not trust anyone at her home. I am surprised that she is accusing me of stealing her documents even after failing to pay me. She is just a traitor and she knows it deep down her heart.”

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