Foreign Affairs official on the spot for swindling Cash in the name of facilitating journalists.

Syahuka Moses Bwambale, an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is on the spot for swindling money during the Uganda/Algeria Business Forum at African Hotel in Kampala. 

What You Need to Know: 

On the 30th of September 2023, the Uganda /Algeria Business Forum was held at Africana Hotel in Uganda. 

The event was attended by several Uganda and Algeria Government officials and several media houses were invited to cover the event. 

It is alleged that after the event, Mr. Moses Bwambale converged a brief meeting with all the journalists and ordered them to register their Names on a form, include registered mobile money Numbers. 

One of the journalists who was present at this event told us that Moses forced them to sign on the list promising to send them money. 

"The list had Name, Mobile Number, Media House, and Signature, Unfortunately, we never filled in any information where the amount was. We have never received anything and when contacted him, he told me the ministry had not given him money to facilitate journalists but rather he was doing it as him" - Journalist Name withheld.

Another journalist from a well-known media House assured us that Beambale made him sign for 30,000/- but on the list, it indicated he was supposed to receive 100,000/- 

Though journalists are not supposed to be facilitated by the sources of the stories, in Uganda many organisations and companies at times offer little fee (transport or launch). 

We tried contacting Mr. Bwambale on a phone call to respond to these allegations, but unfortunately, he was not picking up the calls.

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"The Algerian government has given us market-free entry into their country where they have allowed our produce both processed and semi-processed products and they've also agreed to come and invest in our country in huge numbers, my appeal therefore to Ugandans is to jointly cooperate for easy identification if they are to benefit from the initiative," she said.

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