Crime & Investigation

EXCLUSIVE: Gen Kayihura Reinstates ‘Pension Fraud Case Detectives’

Prosecutors said the Shs165bn pension fraud was carried out with the help of Cairo International Bank is in the eye of the storm over alleged attempt to bribe detectives in the pension scam

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In what appears a huge slap in the face of CIID boss Grace Akullo, viagra approved http://danielpyne.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/custom-css.php the police top leadership has reinstated two detectives whom she had accused of taking bribes to kill the Shs169bn pension fraud case.

Akullo had earlier blamed detectives George Komurubuga and Moses Kato for accepting financial offers from culprits to jeopardise investigations.

She said the duo, without her knowledge, wrote a second investigation report into the scam which contradicted the official report she had signed off, and submitted to the DPP.

Akullo further said the allegedly compromised detectives wrote the second report “in order to account for the money they had received from the suspects.”

The CIID boss further stated that the operatives “deserted office” at CIID.

The claims sparked off public anger with many calling for a deeper investigation.

ChimpReports has now learned that on Wednesday, police chief Gen Kale Kayihura ordered the reinstatement of the two detectives to investigate the same case to its logical conclusion.

This was after the detectives were cleared by Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU).

The disciplinary department of police concluded that the troubled detectives had not absconded from duty as alleged by Akullo.

This website has also seen a letter from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita urging Gen Kayihura to return the detectives to the case due to their expertise and broad knowledge about the scam.

Chibita wrote extensively explaining the circumstances on how Kato and Komurubuga worked with him and how they successfully managed to obtain useful evidence to pin the fraud suspects.

The DPP said that in his view, Kato and Komurubuga were “good investigators” he would prefer to be included in the new team to handle the pension case. The second investigation report which Akullo disowned led to the crumbling of the Shs169bn case.

Basing on Chibita’s letter and PSU’s report, Kayihura directed that Komurubuga and Kato proceed with investigations into the high profile corruption case.

The team of investigators will be led by Assistant Inspector of Police, Beata Chelimo.

Background

Police in 2012 arrested Cairo International Bank bosses and Public Service Ministry officials for being part of a scheme where ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

The suspects included CIB general manager operations, Muhammad Ahmad Tarek; his assistant, Ishaka Ssentongo and compliance officer, Rahmah Mugeere.

Others were Grace Beinomugisha (head of customer care); Ismail Kizito and Abbey Kaddu, the authorizing officer.

In the Public service, Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa and Principal Accountant Christopher Obey, Kiwanuka Kunsa, David Oloka, Francis Lubega and Stephen Lwanga were temporarily held for embezzlement, neglect of duty, abuse of office and causing financial loss.

They deny the charges.

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