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CAO, IGG Clash Over 'Corrupt' Lwengo Officials

In November 2015, the Bernard Atukwase, the Lwengo Chief Finance Officer and Juma Walusimbi,the Lwengo district Accounts Assistant allegedly forged Lwengo district administration receipts which they issued to aspiring candidates at local council level. At least 9million was allegedly misappropriated in this financial scam.
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A disagreement has erupted between Godfrey Kuruhiira, the Lwengo Chief Administrative officer and Inspector General of Government over the fate of three officials accused of embezzling nominations funds.

The officials are; Bernard Atukwase, the Lwengo Chief Finance Officer,  Juma Walusimbi, the Lwengo  district Accounts Assistant and Antonio Luwaga, a Lwengo district LCV councilor.

The officials have been under investigations by the IGG's office and the Lwengo internal district administration in response to a whistle blower Volunteer Uganda and Anti-Corruption, a Lwengo based organization after reports pinned them for allegedly misappropriation of nomination funds.

While Antonio  Luwaga is under investigations over discrepancies in his date of birth, It is alleged that while candidates contesting for LCV councillorship slot were subjected to paying UGX50000 shillings as nomination fee, Luwaga never paid that fee.

In addition, while documents that Luwaga submitted during his nomination in 2011 general election for the same slot indicated that he was born on 9th, September 1966, the nomination papers he used for 2016 general election indicate that he was born on June 13th 1967.


In November 2015, the  Bernard Atukwase, the Lwengo Chief Finance Officer and  Juma Walusimbi,the Lwengo  district Accounts Assistant  allegedly forged Lwengo district administration receipts which they issued to aspiring candidates at local council level.

At least UGX9 million was allegedly misappropriated in this financial scam.

The arrangement was such that before nomination, aspiring candidates would pay money nomination fee at Lwengo accounts section, present a receipt and the n they get nominated.

However, these officials allegedly gave forged receipts to the aspiring candidates which were presented at nomination.

Lwengo Chief Administrative officer Godfrey Kuruhiira carried out an audit which revealed that the money was not banked in the district coffers. An audit also revealed that the official used fake receipts according to serial numbers of both the official Lwengo district administration receipts and the copy of the fake one.

CAO Kiruhiira therefore suspected the officials who in turn agreed to refund the money.

Kurihiira says in his June 13th 2017 letter that the implicated officials were sentenced to a caution after they agreed to pay the misappropriated money.

However, despite the fact that Lwengo officials admit that the implicated officials were guilty of misappropriating public funds, the latest report from Inspector General of Government says the officials were innocent.

F.Mariam Wangadya, the Deputy Inspector General of Government says in her 8th June 2017 letter that the said officials were investigated and found innocent. Nangadya says in her letter that Luwaga paid UGX 50000 shillings as nomination fee and the receipt under number 4412 was genuine.

Wangadya however does not mention anything about Bernard Atukwase, the Lwengo Chief Finance Officer who is accused of masterminding the fraud.

Wangadya says there was no evidence pinning the suspects for corruption and therefore the file was closed. However, the IGG's silence on Bernard Atukwase, the Lwengo Chief Finance Officer who is accused of masterminding the fraud has angered activists.

Bruce Tushabe of Volunteer Uganda and Anti Corruption which unearthed this fraud claims that the Deputy IGG's report is wanting in her response.

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