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Kadaga orders Gen Tumwiine to vacate Nommo Gallery over Shs 2bn rent arrears

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has ordered Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwiine to vacate Nommo gallery or pay Shs 1.6 billion outstanding rent arrears accumulated since 1998.

Parliament launched an investigation into Gen Tumwiine’s occupancy of Nommo gallery, a public facility set up by Ugandan and foreign artists in 1964.  

Nommo gallery. Photo credit: visitkampala.net 

The artists established Nommo gallery located in Nakasero in 1964 under the 1959 Act of Parliament, a component of Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) and features exhibitions of works of art.

According to the parliamentary committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development report, Creations Limited, a private company owned by Gen Tumwine has been occupying Nommo Gallery since 1998 but the bush war and art-loving general has never paid rent to UNCC.

The report presented to House by committee chairperson MP Alex Ndeezi (PWDs-Central) indicates that efforts to have Gen Tumwine pay rent arrears to a tune of Shs 1.6 billion (as of 2017) continue to be a nightmare. Moreover, every financial year, state funds are allocated for the maintenance of Nommo gallery.

“I think it’s a serious indictment of this House that we have been budgeting for Nommo gallery, when it has been appropriated by one individual. If we don’t stop this impunity, one day someone will come and take over parliament and say, ‘this is my house. I fought in the bush war’ yes…so honourable members, this House directs Hon Tumwine to pay the rent or to vacate because it’s a [Nommo gallery] public facility,” Kadaga said.

“We also want to know from ministry of Gender, which has been receiving this money [that] we budget for? These are public funds, we want an answer about this money before we pass your [Gender ministry] budget,” Kadaga added.

The committee’s recommendations include prevailing over Gen Tumwine to vacate the public facility (Nommo gallery) and his company, Creations Limited to pay rent arrears to a tune of Shs 1.62 billion before the end of this year.

“By 2017, rent arrears had accumulated to Shs 1, 620, 100, 000 and the auditor general has raised concerns over the same matter,” Ndeezi said.

“For the FY 2018/19, Shs 44.6 million has been set aside for the same purpose,” Ndeezi added.

Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala-Mafabi on a point of information, recounted how the general recently invited MP colleagues to a house warming party in his village.

“Hon Tumwine has built a Shs 5 billion Nommo gallery in his home district Kiruhura. He has transferred the Nommo gallery from Kampala to Kiruhura,” Nandala-Mafabi said.

Aruu MP Odonga Otto wondered if parliament could not withhold Tumwine’s emoluments since Nommo gallery that his company manages has defaulted on rent payment for 20 years.

Ndeezi committee also recommended that the annual Shs 44.6 million be re-allocated to National Council for Disabilities to procure office furniture and equipment.

“No funds should be appropriated to Nommo gallery for maintenance until all rent arrears have been recovered,” Ndeezi said.

Previous efforts to force Tumwiine to pay rent or vacate the gallery have been futile. 



+4 #1 Slamboole 2018-05-09 08:41
these 1986 guys are fake liberators with questionable revolutionery credentials.

these are hyeanas! now they are using greedy amongi to loot the balance.
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+3 #2 gatashimana 2018-05-09 13:06
How courageous of the speaker to utter such words to a golden child war hero liberator... what gives her the confidence I wonder.

This is not the only case. Many many more cases of this nature are happening everywhere but we are so worried about European football leagues and bivulu.
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+3 #3 Odongkara 2018-05-09 14:02
One word only to describe what is happening here and all over the country: "impunity"

These guys have sucked the country dry and still sucking more!
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+2 #4 Jama 2018-05-09 14:29
The Uganda of today is like a jungle, where the most powerful impose their will.

In a normal country, the gun is preceded by justice, here it's the opposite.

This country is in the hands of the untouchable and the privileged who are in full control of state arsenal.

We hope one day this garbage will be ended pacifically. Using water is the best way to extinguish fire.

Science informs us water is the most powerful object on earth. And water is like the population, who the day will decide enough is enough. Enough will be enough
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0 #5 gatashimana 2018-05-09 19:31
I urge the IGP or any other concerned officer with power and dignity to inquire about a place in Iganga district called Nondwe.

As we speak there is another victim being taken on a ride by organized criminals which involve the police in a land scam.

I myself was victimized last month. What these thugs do is sell you land but the land is actually sold by a guy who signs his name as the actual owner.

The owner of the land agrees to his land being sold and he is given a percentage.

When you go back to start working on the land you'll find the actual owner who will tell you that you got scammed. The LC is fake.

The witnesses to the land deal are fake, and the police very involved. The police will then scam you too pretending they are looking for the suspect.

Eventually you'll give up after loosing from both fronts. To the thugs and to the police exploiting your misery. The funny thing is that it goes on every day but what can you do. Iganga district, Nondwe.
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0 #6 kabayekka 2018-05-10 16:08
It is alright to vacate the premises but one reckons the rent arrears must be paid.

One understands this tennant and his boss want to go back to the bushes of Luweero to run their determinations there. Well it might be much easier for the owners of this International Art Gallery to quickly collect their dues before these African culprits disapear into thin air as was the case during 1980!
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2018-05-10 18:23
The "Born Again" General has the name of being alive but he is spiritually dead.

Haunted by the abominable things they did in the bushes of Luweero, and blamed it entirely on Obote (RIP); Gen Tumwine is one of the shameless characters who deceptively masquerade as savedee, but continue to be unjust.

In other words, "Thou shall not Kill! You kill an innocent person/people in the name of power, your life will never be the same.

Ask each of the drivers and or body guards of these Generals, including Zoro and you will know the darkness of their hearts.
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