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Local Government Officials in Another Shs. 10Bn Scandal

Former Acting Permanent Secretary, MoLG Patrick Mutabwire (Right) is yest again in another high scale corruption scandal

Officials from the Ministry of Local Government who in 2012 reportedly swindled Shs4.2bn meant for LC1 chairpersons have yet again been implicated in the theft of Shs10bn for LC 5 chairperson vehicles.

The information came out during the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee meeting on Friday where it was discovered that 10billion shillings meant to procure 112 light duty vehicles has already been released and indicated as spent but the cars are nowhere to be seen.

The Committee chaired by Soroti District Woman MP Angelina Osege tasked the officials to respond to the Auditor general’s report last year, medical http://ceris.ca/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-publicize-endpoint.php which among others implicated them in the loss of the money.

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“This Committee understood from the Auditor General’s report that the ministry was allocated money for the LCV chairperson vehicles. The money was also released but there is nothing to show as far as vehicles are concerned, viagra 60mg ” Ms. Osege said.

The officials who included the former Acting Permanent Secretary, ambulance Patrick Mutabwire had no immediate answer to tell the Committee and instead asked for time to prepare themselves.

However the Vice Chairperson of the Committee who is also MP for Ntugamo Municipality Gerald Karuhanga told the sitting that all the officials who were involved in the saga should be hunted and made to return the money to the Consolidated Fund.

“There is no anyway tax payers’ money to the tune of 10bn can disappear like that. Everyone involved in the matter should be found and forced to return the money,” Karuhanga said.

The youthful legislator recalled that Ministry of Local Government is well known to have misappropriated money meant for bicycles for LC1 chairpersons.

The findings of the Inspector General of Government’s report of October, 2015 also indicated that Mr. Mutabwire, the then acting Permanent Secretary participated in unexplained diversion of funds, and sanctioned false payments to a large number of employees in the ministry that were channeled to their personal bank accounts purportedly to carry out official work.

In 2013 several officials from the Local Government ministry including the former Permanent Secretary were committed to Anti-Corruption for the lost of Shs4.2bn that was fraudulently wired to a private company as 40 percent down payment to supply 70,000 bicycles.

 

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