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OPM: MPs Expose Commissioner Owor’s Fraudulent Fuel Deals

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The committee discovered the donor support funds were fraudulently spent by the Principal Accountant Godfrey Kazinda and Owor “by depositing money on staff personal accounts and accounts of suppliers without requisitions or demand notes being presented.”

The MPs also said it obtained a list of payments from this account indicating several payments made to suppliers and staff at OPM.

“The Committee recommends that the Principal Accountant and the Commissioner Disaster Management, Mr Martin Owor, be investigated with a view to establishing their role in the utilization of these funds.”

PAC revealed that suppliers of OPM were fraudulently paid over and above the amount of food supplies.

The company directors/proprietors submitted to the Committee that they would then be verbally alerted by Kazinda that OPM computers had developed technical hitches resulting into posting more money on their company bank accounts in error.

The companies were allegedly informed that the problem would persist for three years to be corrected and that they should therefore cooperate by returning money posted on their accounts under such circumstances.

Shs8.5bn was lost in the dubious transactions.

Caltex

New Caltex Service Station Ntinda, a fuel station owned by Hussein Katumwa, Ahmed Masembe and Ibrahim Masembe had been supplying fuel to OPM since 2009.

During this period there was a fuel shortage and was approached by Owor to supply fuel to the Department of Refugees and Disaster Management for purposes of delivering food to disaster prone areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

“There were no contractual dealings with OPM but fuel would be taken without a promise to pay. The committee was concerned that the fuel station had dealings with a government department without a formal contract,” the angered MPs wrote in their report which will soon be debated in Parliament.

The proprietor, Katumwa, told MPs during a hearing early this year that he took it as a “business risk” to supply fuel to OPM.

“Owor gave him the Order book and payment terms were drawn up. The committee noted that the OPM withdrew 57,000 litres of fuel per day for 4 days at a cost of shs144m per day,” the report reads in part, exposing possible connivance between Owor and Katumwa to steal public funds.

The committee further noted that the petrol station only had the capacity of only 22,000 litres.

The proprietor, Mr Katumwa, in his responses informed committee that he would receive signed vouchers from whoever came with them from OPM, make an invoice for payment at the end of every month and forward them to Owor.

Katumwa further acknowledged having received a payment of shs526m and the documentation forwarded to Owor. PAC established that this payment was made using a forged security paper.

More evidence

Katumwa could not explain the fuel payment of shs576, 000,000. PAC noted that the drivers who were said to have received fuel from New Caltex, Ntinda disputed the fact.

PAC observed that the “procurement of the fuel station was irregularly executed between Owor and Katumwa and that payments amounting to shs6.8bn were not supported with consumptive documents, a sign that these funds could have been put to personal use.”

MPs resolved that officers involved be investigated, prosecuted with the view of recovering sums involved and the fuel station be probed in the role played in the fraud with the view of recovering the funds received for the fuel not supplied.

And in the case the company is found culpable, MPs reasoned, it should be blacklisted.

The new report sheds more light on how Owor and his accomplices used their positions of authority to divert resources meant to alleviate the plight of residents of the war-ravaged northern Uganda, especially Karamoja, for personal use.

PAC report will also help prosecutors to pile more evidence against Owor before the Anti Corruption Court where he is facing charges of embezzlement, false accounting and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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