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State House Anti-Corruption Unit Picks Up Two More Kasese Officials :: Uganda Radionetwork
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State House Anti-Corruption Unit Picks Up Two More Kasese Officials

The State House Anti-Corruption Unit picked up the officials in liaison with the police.
12 May 2022 10:38
The two officers are accused of mismanaging Discretionary Development Equalization Grant-DDEG funds
Two more Kasese district local government officials were arrested on Wednesday night for alleged abuse of office. They are Alice Bwambale, the Town Clerk of Mpondwe Lhubiriha and her senior treasurer, Paschal Baluku.

The State House Anti-Corruption Unit picked up the officials in liaison with the police. They are accused of mismanaging Discretionary Development Equalization Grant-DDEG funds worth Shillings 59million in 2021. The DDEG fund is allocated to areas where services lag behind the national average standards.

The fund forms part of the local government revenue that is supposed to be used in line with the approved work plans. However, a source within the unit, says that the two officers diverted the funds for other activities and allowances, whose accountabilities are also questionable.

The arrest came barely a day after the unit arrested four officers from the same district on Tuesday on allegations of abuse of office and mishandling government assets. The suspects include Ruhamya Robert Bithekere, the former treasurer for Mubuku town council and his former treasurer, Hood Yusuf Ndungo who are accused of mismanaging over Shillings 50 million disbursed by the government like a startup fund for Mubuku Town Council in 2019.  

The others are the Chief Finance Officer, Magrette Muhindo, who was questioned for the continued collection of 5% revenue remittance from sub-counties purportedly for LC IV activities and Robert Lalobo, the Senior assistant mechanical engineering officer for failing to account for a missing vehicle. 

Ismael Kaawo, the Rwenzori East police spokesperson has confirmed the latest arrests, saying that police are working with relevant agencies to ensure the files of the suspects are ready to allow them to appear in court.

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