Chaos broke out in Apac town on Monday after Sub County ruling party, NRM chairpersons took to the streets protesting the alleged swindling of Shs 22.7m president Yoweri Museveni sent to the villages.
The furious chairpersons, according to eyewitnesses, accused the Resident District Commissioner, John Robert Omut, the District Internal Security Officer, Emmanuel Adui, and the acting NRM chairman, Ogweng Godongo, of having pocketed the money.
The money was set aside by the president as a gift to his people registered in NRM yellow books.
Each voter will get Shs 1,000 translating to an average of about Shs 250,000 per village.
Instead of delivering Shs 250,000 to every village, NRM bosses only delivered Shs 150,000.
As a result, villagers in Apac parishes ended up sharing a miserable Shs 200.
Furious NRM chairpersons marched through Apac and closed down the NRM office yesterday morning.
RDC Omut, DISO Adui, and the acting NRM chairman, Godongo have since gone into hiding to elude the wrath of the villagers.
Meanwhile, in Oyam district similar incidents are being reported in Acaba and Myene Sub Counties where officials claimed they sliced the money in order to pay police officers who escorted the money to the villages.
In Rubaya sub-county (Ndorwa County West), people are being told that the Shs 1,000 is to make an agreement with NRM party and will be exchanged for an ID serial number written down.
Meanwhile residents of Kyantobi and Kashenyi have also demonstrated against their leaders for allegedly delivering Shs 200,000 instead of full amount Shs 250,000.
Residents marched along Kisoro road yesterday to show discontent.
Harold Turinawe Bamwoya, an Independent candidate for Ndorwa County West, lashed at fellow leaders for “shamelessly promoting the culture of handouts and gifts”.
“Our people need service delivery not gifts of 1,000. It is time up for politics of sachets of salt!”
He said Shs1000 or any other handouts cannot be exchanged for service delivery citing poor education, health systems and unemployment among others as the issues that need urgent attention.