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Brig. Mugyenyi Instilled Fear in UNRA to Pay Higher Rent for his Building

Mrs. Hope Mugyenyi (wife to Rtd. Brig. John Mugyenyi) a Director of Rhino Investments Ltd (R) before the commission of inquiry with her lawyer Asuman Basalirwa (L) on Monday

The Anti corruption court grade one magistrate Suzanne Okeny has fined former Senior Accounts Assistant in the Ministry of Public service Oloka David who it convicted of embezzling  pension funds totaling to Shs $102108 [about 365million].

Oloka was this afternoon convicted on his own plea of guilt, and http://certoclear.com/wp-content/themes/divi/includes/navigation.php which he has made in court after being read the charges.

He allegedly withdrew the said amount from Cairo International Bank on Kampala Road to be paid to foreign pensioners, pharmacy which he failed to account for.

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Prosecution contends that on 27 January 2009, Oloka went to the Bank’s main branch in Kampala with a letter written by the then Principle accountant Christopher Obey requesting the bank to give drafts or cash payments for foreign pensioners.

It is alleged that he signed and received U$ 87434 which he failed to account for. State further alleges that on 27 May 2009, the same person David Oloka returned to Cairo Bank where he again received U$ 87434 which he failed to account for.

Prior to the sentence, Prosecutor Barbrah Kawuma asked court to sentence the convict to a fine, being a first offender who accepted his crime.

Oloka’s guilty plea followed a plea bargaining agreement between him and the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

According to prosecution, during the plea bargaining, the accused accepted to refund the $102108 which had been embezzled to the government through account number 003300148000037 in Bank of Uganda and an additional of $8000.

“As a result of proof to the above payment, the DPP’s office was availed with all payment vouchers on which the payments were made” Kawuma submitted before proceeding to present a document containing the Plea Bargaining agreement with a signature of the DPP Michael Chibita, The convict David Oloka and his lawyers.

The defense counsel Nathan Osinde asked court for a lenient sentence because the accused is in his advanced age [62] is the sole bread winner of his family and he is diabetic.

The magistrate hence sentenced the convict to pay a fine Shs of 4.6 million or to serve a one year imprisonment sentence.

Oloka was seen heading to be bank to retrieve the cash.
The postponement of the National Resistance Movement primary elections has been received as sad news in the northern district of Gulu where people were more than ready for the exercise on Monday.

ChimpReports Reporter Dickens H. Okello is currently camped in Gulu to cover the same elections that is prospected to be another litmus test to the internal structures of the ruling party.

On Sunday night the NRM Electoral Commission made the unprecedented announcement of the rescheduling of the much-anticipated Members of Parliament and Local Council Five chairperson elections from Monday to Tuesday without giving any explanations.

The brief announcement was issued by the party`s EC Deputy Chairman, order http://celstec.biz/wp-includes/query.php Kigayagi Arimpe John;”The National Resistance Movement, Electoral Commission announces the postponement of the party primary elections which were slated for tomorrow Monday the 26th of October, 2015 to Tuesday the 27th of October 25th, 2015 throughout the country.”

On Monday morning we reached the Gulu district chairman of NRM elections, Mr. Ovwola Richard at his office in the town which is among the 6 approved by Cabinet to be elevated to city status.

Mr. Ovwola Said the date deferral to them was received as sad news though they remain prepared for the same exercise tomorrow.

“We were ready for everything and waiting only to receive the materials to kick off the elections in the morning,” Mr. Ovwola said at his office.

“My chairman (Tanga Odoi) convincingly called me himself yesterday night and told me that the materials were not ready. The postponing was for the better.” He added.

Gulu did not register any abnormality on Monday as a result of the procrastination of the primary elections and according to Ovwola, most people were reached at night and early morning with the news of rescheduling the event.

“Immediately I got the call from Kampala I reached out on phone and text messages to almost all our structures up to the village level to let them know about the development and avoid eventualities in the morning. I also appeared on all FM radios here in to town with the same message,” Ovwola said
The postponement of the National Resistance Movement primary elections has been received as sad news in the northern district of Gulu where people were more than ready for the exercise on Monday.

ChimpReports Reporter Dickens H. Okello is currently camped in Gulu to cover the same elections that is prospected to be another litmus test to the internal structures of the ruling party.

On Sunday night the NRM Electoral Commission made the unprecedented announcement of the rescheduling of the much-anticipated Members of Parliament and Local Council Five chairperson elections from Monday to Tuesday without giving any explanations.

The brief announcement was issued by the party`s EC Deputy Chairman, pills http://cmareno.com/wp-includes/class-wp-comment.php Kigayagi Arimpe John;”The National Resistance Movement, diagnosis http://demo.des.net.id/smpharapankita/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/classes.php Electoral Commission announces the postponement of the party primary elections which were slated for tomorrow Monday the 26th of October, http://crewftlbr.org/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php 2015 to Tuesday the 27th of October 25th, 2015 throughout the country.”

On Monday morning we reached the Gulu district chairman of NRM elections, Mr. Ovwola Richard at his office in the town which is among the 6 approved by Cabinet to be elevated to city status.

Mr. Ovwola Said the date deferral to them was received as sad news though they remain prepared for the same exercise tomorrow.

“We were ready for everything and waiting only to receive the materials to kick off the elections in the morning,” Mr. Ovwola said at his office.

“My chairman (Tanga Odoi) convincingly called me himself yesterday night and told me that the materials were not ready. The postponing was for the better.” He added.

Gulu did not register any abnormality on Monday as a result of the procrastination of the primary elections and according to Ovwola, most people were reached at night and early morning with the news of rescheduling the event.

“Immediately I got the call from Kampala I reached out on phone and text messages to almost all our structures up to the village level to let them know about the development and avoid eventualities in the morning. I also appeared on all FM radios here in to town with the same message,” Ovwola said
Construction and property development company, this site http://demo.des.net.id/drose/wp-includes/atomlib.php Rhino Investments Limited is in the spotlight over irregularities and fraud in its dealings with Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

One of the company’s Directors, order http://chubeast.com/components/com_k2/controllers/controller.php Mrs Hope Mugyenyi was on Monday quizzed by the probe committee to explain the discrepancies in the provision of rent services to the roads Authority.

The company is faulted for cheating government resources worth USD 779, 913 through overpayment for office space that is alleged to be lesser than that in the contract.

Rhino Investments Ltd constructed the building on Plot 5, Lordell Road in Nakasero which houses the UNRA Headquarters.

In 2010, UNRA signed a 3-year contract with Rhino Investments to provide office space equalling to 5,000 square metres at a rate of USD 18 per square metre.

UNRA was to pay a monthly rent of USD 90,000 and USD 1.2M per year paid yearly in advance.

However, the commission of inquiry’s bone of contention was what appeared like Rhino’s prior knowledge about UNRA’s need for office space and constructing the building to suit the UNRA requirements.

“We responded to an advert in the papers, went through the pre-bid process and won the contract. Then we were invited for negotiations,” claimed Mrs. Mugyenyi in her testimony.

Mrs Mugyenyi is the wife of Brigadier General John Mugyenyi, an NRA historical and former Counter Terrorism commander.

The lead counsel, Andrew Kasirye said that an initial verification exercise carried out by the chief government valuer discovered that the building space was 3889 sq metre while a subsequently one established 5112 sq metres.

Mrs. Mugyenyi however maintained that the space is/was 5000 sq metres though she admitted that no joint inspection of the building was carried out by UNRA and Rhino.

“If it is discovered that UNRA and the government have for all these years paid for space that doesn’t exist, is your company ready to take responsibility and refund this money? asked counsel Kasirye.

“I don’t think I have anything to refund. I’m not aware of the document regarding the figures from the government valuer. The space figure is now 5000 square metres,” replied the witness.

Justice Bamugemereire accused the company Directors for influence peddling and that the rate of USD 18 per sq metre quoted to UNRA in 2010 was at a higher rate.

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“This rent is government resources which should be put to good use and accounted for. Even the procurement process itself was full of irregularities,” said Justice Bamugemereire.

“We are told that calls were always made to Ministry of Finance each time rent was due and that this money would be released specifically for rent. Is there a special law for Brigadier Mugyenyi different from that of other Ugandans?” she further asked.

The witness denied allegations of influencing these payments saying “We always demanded rent through invoices. I have always stuck to contractual obligations.”

Earlier in August this year, a former Procurement Manager Goods and Supplies at UNRA, Mr. Stephen Mugisha told the commission that Brig. (Rtd) John Mugyenyi was treated with exception by UNRA staff with an element of fear.

Mugisha said that the army officer often physically came to the UNRA headquarters to follow up on his invoice. He further mentioned that UNRA was adamant on building its own facility.

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