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Government Denies Bigirimana Transfer

buy http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-includes/media-template.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The Commissioner Of Information in OPM, rx http://clintonhouse.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php Moses Watasa, http://crownheights.info/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-links-list-table.php told journalists at the Media Centre on Wednesday afternoon that “PS Bigirimana sends you greetings and is still in office.”

“Following pressure from donor countries, anti-corruption watchdogs and Parliament, President Museveni has decided to move the embattled Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Pius Bigirimana, to another ministry,” the Observer newspaper in Kampala reported today.

A source close to State House told The Observer on Monday that Museveni has decided to replace Bigirimana with Kagole Kivumbi, current secretary of the Judicial Service Commission.

“Several efforts to reach Kivumbi, Bigirimana’s rumoured replacement, were futile, as he was reportedly attending meetings all of yesterday and could not respond to calls to his personal and office phones,” the newspaper added.

However, Watasa clarified that Bigirimana cannot go “simply because so and so has authored an anonymous report and submitted it to Parliament.”

“We know that the nation is baying for blood of the corrupt. But let’s be patient and allow investigations to come to an end. The Observer story that PS has been fired is false,” said Watasa.

“There are no transfers in OPM.”

He maintained Bigirimana was a whistle-blower in the theft of Shs20bn from OPM by the Principal Accountant, Geoffrey Kazinda, in connivance with officials in the Finance Ministry and the Central bank.

He further stated Bigirimana was a “victim of political mob justice” orchestrated by Members of Parliament who have not fully internalized the report which is expected before the Public Accounts Committee in the near future.

“We have also been informed that some people are authoring anonymous dossiers to continue tarnishing the PS’ name. If the authors are genuine, why can’t they own them? Don’t we have a law that protects whistle-blowers?” wondered Watasa.

MPs have been calling upon Bigirimana to be interdicted, a move which government has vehemently rejected.

Addressing the NRM caucus on Monday, President Yoweri Museveni said he was not ready to fire Bigirimana since he was a whistleblower who helped government unearth the top thieving civil servants.

Museveni further stated he had directed his own investigators “to find out the whole truth” and would take action after his secret probe is complete.

He also reminded the legislators not to “rush” him to take “pre-mature decisions,” according to impeccable sources that attended the meeting.

Watasa acknowledged that a “smear campaign” against OPM coupled with donor aid cuts have negatively impacted on the operations of the Ministry, adding the “people in the north” would bear the brunt of the situation.

“There are so many donor-funded projects such as NUSAF which are funded by donors. The beneficiaries are paying a price for this,” observed Watasa.

He assured the nation that properties of interdicted officials in the infamous Kazinda saga would be seized to recover lost money.

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