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State House Anti-Corruption Unit Arrests 19 Civil Servants in 2 Weeks

They also accused them of shirking their responsibilities and producing bad work.

The State House Anti-Corruption Unit, in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force, has detained Wakiso Town Clerk Livingston Mukalazi and Town Council Engineer Ssebugwowo Laurence for allegedly mismanaging Shs45 million in Covid monies.

They also accused them of shirking their responsibilities and producing bad work.

The arrest of the Town Clerk and Town Council Engineer in Wakiso brings the total number of civil servants arrested in the ongoing monitoring exercise of government projects by the Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit Brig Gen Henry Isoke and Minister Peter Ogwang, the Minister of State, Office of the President in charge of Economic Monitoring, and 19 officials to 12.

“Wakiso isn’t even close!” The order of the day is shoddy work, corruption, falsified accountability, and project execution delays. On Monday, we’ll resume monitoring,” Hon Ogwang stated on Friday.

Brig Gen Isoke, who took over for Edith Nakalema, warned the public about government projects and dishonest civil servants mismanaging government monies.

Brig Gen Isoke, speaking to the media at Wakiso TC, stated that civilians play an important role in the battle against corruption.

Several people have been arrested and charged.

The three directors of Tororo Lion’s Club Host Ltd, the District Senior Lands Management Officer, and the former Chairperson Area Land Committee were charged with obtaining registration by false pretense and conspiracy to defraud at Tororo Chief Magistrates Court on Friday, May 13, 2022.

They were then remanded in custody.

They were arrested in a joint investigation by the Anti-graft unit and the police on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, for plotting to unlawfully transfer public land in Plot 8-20 Busia Road.

The land in question is now being used as a children’s park.

In a similar occurrence, the Tororo Municipality Town Clerk and Municipal Engineer were arrested for embezzling Shs180 million allocated for the construction of the Kagera bridge.

The two were charged with forgery and conspiracy to commit a criminal at Tororo Chief Magistrate Court on Friday. They were remanded in custody until May 18th.

Alice Bwambale, the Town Clerk of Mpondwe Lhubiriha Town Council in Kasese District, was arrested on May 12 by the unit and police.

He was arrested alongside the Senior Town Treasurer, Baluku Paschal, for allegedly mismanaging approximately Shs59 million in DDEG funds.

DDEG aims to ensure that financing is concentrated in areas where services fall short of national averages.

They are part of the local government money that was expected to be spent according to the Town Council’s approved work plans.

However, the officials detained moved these cash to other operations and allowances, the accountability of which is also in question.

Four Kasese District Local Government officials were detained on May 11 for alleged abuse of public finances and district assets. The Chief Finance Officer, Mubuku Trading Centre’s former Town Clerk, his former Treasurer, and the Senior Assistant District Engineer are among them.

Muhindo Margaret, the CFO of the Kasese District Local Government, was arrested for illegally collecting and mismanaging monies paid by sub-counties under the pretence of supporting LCIVs.

Following a verification exercise, which found that some vehicles had been vandalized and others were kept at garages that were not gazetted by the district, Lalobi Robert, the Senior Assistant Engineering officer, was detained for allegedly mismanaging district assets.

Three Wakiso district policemen were detained on May 9 for fake accountability.

The District Water Officer, the District Community Development Officer, and the Community Development Officer of the Kajjansi Town Council are among them.

On the same day, the unit charged Ogwal Phillip, the Lira district physical planner, with soliciting a bribe to deliver a service he is required to provide for free at the Anti-Corruption Court.

He was remanded to Luzira after being charged with corruption.

On May 5, the unit charged Omara Geofrey, a City Physical Planner of the Lira Municipal Council, with corruption in the Anti-Corruption Court.

He was detained in prison in Luzira.

He was detained for allegedly seeking and accepting a Shs4 million bribe to expedite the processing of a lease extension for public land in Lira Municipality.

The Lira District Physical Planner, Ogwal Phillip, was then summoned to appear before the same court that would subsequently remand him.

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