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Former Beijing Embassy Attaché Bamya Interdicted, Committed to CID

Alex Bamya appearing before PAC
Alex Bamya appearing before PAC

Former Beijing Mission Finance Attaché, Alex Bamya has Thursday been committed to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation over the loss of 250 Visa stickers worth $25,000.

Bamya was appearing before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to respond to the queries raised in the Auditor General’s report of 2015/ 2016.

The disappeared stickers were under the custody of the former Accounting officer, Joseph Isingoma who was also handed over to police by the Committee recently.

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The report implicated Bamya for conniving with Isingoma to spend Shs. 350, 615, 088 and Shs803, 476, 992 from Non-Tax Revenue (NTR) without permission from the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury (PSST).

Before being arrested, Bamya told members that he never participated in the loss of the 250 visa stickers since he was not in charge of issuing them.

“I was not the custodian; my involvement to the issuance of visas was limited to coordinating and ensuring timely banking,” Bamya said.

However, Bamya’s submissions were viewed as lies and he was put to oath.

The committee brought it to Bamya’s notice that according to the investigations, it was found that one of the lost visas was found to be signed by him.

“Yes I am aware of the report findings but I am not the one who issued the visa and the clerk who signed the issuance explained in her submission to the report,” Bamya defended himself.

The committee chairperson, Angelina Osege wondered why Bamya who earlier told the committee that he would never sign a visa sticker was found to have signed one of the lost stickers.

While investigating Isingoma over the matter recently, he told the committee that Bamya was found to have stolen the 250 visa stickers from the custody.

Osege wondered why no serious action was taken against Bamya despite committing such irregularities.

The Ministry undersecretary, James Kintu told the committee that they took a decision of recalling Bamya and commenced investigations into the matter.

“Different Ministries have since intervened and the pending action of having Bamya interdicted will be done immediately after here until investigations are done,” Kintu said.

Osege then committed Bamya to the CID for further investigation into the matter.

 

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