KAMPALA —Four top government officials have been arrested on Tuesday August 3, following reports they inflated and procured sub-standard relief items worth UGX. 10b.
The relief items were meant to be supplied to flood victims in Kasese District last month but were rejected by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja saying they were sub-standard.
The items included 40,000kgs of maize flour, 20,000kgs of beans, 2,000kgs of sugar, 2,000 tarpaulin, 1,350 jerricans, 1,000 basins,100 cartons of laundry soap, 1,000 mosquito nets, 100 blankets, and 100 mats.
All the four suspects worked in the Office of Prime Minister Nabbanja.
On Tuesday, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit in the State House, Col. Edith Nakalema, said she received a directive from Prime Minister Nabbanja to investigate the matter.
The government officials arrested include Godfrey Kayima —Accounting Officer, Rose Nakabugo — Ag. Commissioner Disaster, Esther Majorine Odongo —Procurement Officer and Henry Agaba Tumwine —Internal Auditor in the OPM.
Officials in the office of the prime minister are no strangers to corruption and embezzlement of both government and donor fund.
Kampala Metropolitan Area Spokesperson said all the officials will be charged with abuse of office through an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interest of their employer, causing financial loss and facilitating fraudulent accounting and conspiring to commit fraud.
A conviction fetches at least five years in prison.