The vision group CEO, Robert Kabushenga is in trouble after parliament launched a probe into his involvement in taskforce activities.
While other companies are contributing relief to assist stranded Ugandans, the vision group CEO is said to have looted part of the taskforce collections under the guise of granting government space in the newspapers owned by the firm. Kabushenga had earlier advanced a request for government bail out to New Vision as he claimed their sales had deteriorated due to the fall in the demand for the paper. The same New Vision later in the month of April laid off part of their staff in a bid to cope up with the COVID-19 impact on the company financial distraught.
After secretly looting part of the contributions raised by Ugandan well wishers, Kabushenga was grilled by parliament to explain why he took the money without following the right procedure. Kabushenga instead called the funds very little and not worth the parliament debate. “The MPs allegations that we were allocated billions off COVID-19 money is true. However, we only got shs 5.98b for printing and distributing question pull outs in New Vision, Bukedde and other sister paper,” said Kabushenga in defence of his loot.
He further narrates that the other shs 250m gifted by the ICT ICT Ministry to write about COVID-19 plus the shs 55m to print out car stickers should not be a point of debate.
Now MPs have responded with demanding for the accountability of the taskforce COVID-19 funds raised from donations. Parliament wants Kabushenga to cough what he had looted from the taskforce. Parliament says the Uganda hard earned money donated to the taskforce is meant to facilitate the ailing health sector and not to satisfy Kabushenga’s private needs. Besides, the New Vision papers are not given out for free, parliament adds.