For defaulting on repaying campaign debts, the fairly young, but gutsy woman who stepped out to challenge President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the seat of power in the immediate past election, is in grave danger of losing a very prime property on the city outskirts together with a large piece of land.
Born in 1980, the year Museveni exactly took to the bush to effectively fight the government of Dr Apollo Milton Opeto, Nancy Linda Kalembe wrote history when she emerged from the blue to take on a man almost triple her age (read her Jjajja) in the gory fight for State power.
Kalembe’s name would go on to be firmly ingrained in the history of Uganda as the third female candidate to vie for state power during Museveni’s reign, the others being former First Lady, Miria Kalule Obote and Betty Olive Namisango Kamya Turomwe.
As the public remained in awe of Kalembe’s daredevil spirit, they were thrown into yet more astonishment by the way the young candidate run about the country without apparent challenge of campaign funds.
This led everyone to wonder where Kalembe was drawing the funds to run the campaigns whereas some of the apparently older candidates who had been there before were finding it hard to effectively run theirs.
Now that moneylenders in town are hell-bent on attaching her properties, it becomes abundantly clear how Kalembe must have gambled with her investments in the hopes that she would end up with the ultimate prize and then repay her financial backers.
Since there is a lot of risks attached to all manner of gambles and as we all know and witnessed, Kalembe, as was hugely expected, ended up losing out to the Son of Kaguta. And as sure as the day would fall the night, the moneylenders are now out to seize the properties she staked in exchange for unspecified campaign funds.
By the time of writing this piece, the moneylenders had placed Kalembe’s properties on the auction block, vowing to sell off the properties in thirty days (effective Jan 10) if the borrower failed to redeem them by returning the funds due to them with interest and penalties.
According to a notice put out by Ortus Advocates on behalf of the moneylenders, the two properties to be sold are; a double storied house in a high perimeter wall. This property is located on Block 246, Plot 1779 at Kyeitabya in Makindye Division and it measures 0.019 hectares.
The other property up for grabs comes in form of a big chunk of land measuring 40.83 hectares in Kibengo, in the rural Luweero district. The land is registered as Block 443, Plots 112, 115 and 116. The said securities are registered in the names of Kalembe.
While Kalembe is a daughter of Museveni’s former ally and confidant, the departed Patrick Bageya aka the Lion of Busoga who perished in an auto-accident, we cannot tell for sure if the president will come up to rescue the properties of the orphaned child of his buddy.
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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