Councillor Luyiga arrested over Shs10m debt

Makerere University LC V Councillor, Bernard Luyiga was on Wednesday arrested by court bailiffs after he reportedly failed to clear a Shs10 million debt.

Mr Luyiga had borrowed Shs4 million from a money lender, who has only been identified as Mr Muwanga, and failed to service it within the agreed period of two years leading to an accumulated shs 10 million.

Mr Luyiga was picked from his office in Makerere University according to sources he was then taken to the High Court where he was sentenced for six months after failing to secure a bail.

“He contacted us for a salary aance to secure a bail but he had already withdrawn a salary of three months up-to November, so it was not possible to help him,” said a source that preferred anonymity.

It is alleged that the money lenders asked him to pay at least Shs5m so that they can sign an agreement, but efforts to pool that money was in vain.

Mr Luyiga also told friends to mortgage his car at Shs5m in effort to raise the money, but the car brokers insisted to buy the car at Shs2m in cash.

Several councilors, who were contacted to “save their colleague from danger” were all reluctant to help owing to his “bad” records of debt payment.

We could not reach Mr Luyiga for a comment as his phones were off on Wednesday and even when they were switched back on Thursday, he failed to pick despite repeated calls.