Teddy Seezi Cheeye, the former Director of Economic Monitoring in the President’s Office convicted for embezzling millions of shillings of the Global Fund (GF), has attacked President Yoweri Museveni, accusing him of a raft of transgressions.
Cheeye, who spent six of his ten-year jail sentence in Luzira for embezzling Shs 110 million intended fto fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Uganda, today imputed that Mr. Museveni is a self-centred individual who does not honour his words.
““I want to tell Ugandans our generation was hoodwinked by Museveni; Museveni is a man who hoodwinks and doesn’t care about people; I spent money from Global Fund to spend on a pledge Museveni made to me,” Cheeye said today while appearing on NTV’s Morning programme.
A controversial figure whose life is almost akin to the proverbial ‘nine lives of a cat’, Cheeye, the former owner of the ‘Uganda Confidential’ publication is commonly remembered for his 1990s vociferous attacks against the Museveni government and its officials. Interestingly, on NTV today, prison seemed not to have changed his resolve as he took on his former boss Museveni, urging him to begin preparing to leave power.
In 2009, while operating an NGO called the Centre for Accountability, Cheeye was convicted for embezzling Shs120 million GF money disbursed to his organization and sentenced by Justice John Bosco Katutsi to 28 years in prison, to be served concurrently.
However, due to ‘good conduct’ he was recently released from Luzira Upper Prison, only to rediscover his vitriolic old self.
According to Cheeye, Mr Museveni leads a political organization, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), whose lifeline is corruption saddled alongside ‘wrong politics’.
“Corruption is the blood of NRM,” Cheeye, a former journalist-turned-spy, said, adding: “Now I want to pick the battle on fighting ignorance especially Museveni’s own ignorance on the economy.”
And speaking about his prison woes, Cheeye said he was falsely incarcerated due to manipulation in politics.
“It was political manipulation that sent me to jail even when Ogoola’s (former Principal Judge James Ogoola) commission found me innocent; The Global Fund with whom we signed the contract did not complain because their work was done,” he said.