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Hoima District Officials On the Spot for Hiring Out Road Equipment

The road equipment that included a grader and a vibro roller machine was impounded on a private farm owned by an Indian investor in Kaduku village Kigumba town council Kiryandongo district last week.
The impounded Hoima Grader parked at Kaduku police station in Kiryandongo

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The Police and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has impounded Hoima District Road equipment over alleged misuse.  

The equipment that includes a grader and a Vibro roller machine was found on a private farm owned by an Indian investor in Kigumba town council Kiryandongo district last week.  At the time they were impounded, the grader and the Vibro roller had their number plates plucked off.

This caused the arrest of the Hoima district engineer Ibrahim Luswata, Vincent Irumba, the works supervisor and Charles Tibagwa, a mechanic attached to Hoima district local government.

The suspects together with other top district officials are alleged to have connived and hired out the road equipment to the Indian investor whose particulars are yet to be revealed.

A source from the State House Anti-corruption unit who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity explained that the district officials were arrested last week and later released on police bond.  

The source further revealed that several other top officials in the district are being investigated for their role in hiring out the road construction equipment.

 

“It is true we recovered the road construction equipment belonging to Hoima district local government on a private farm in Kiryandongo and we managed to arrest the district Engineer, the works supervisor and a mechanic for allegedly conniving to hire out the machines,” said the source.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says that investigations into the matter are ongoing. He also says that top district officials have been summoned for further investigations.

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Richard Mugolo, the Hoima Chief Administrative officer-CAO when contacted on the matter said he was in a meeting.  

Kadir Kirungi, the LCV Chairperson and Secretary for Works when contacted declined to answer our repeated calls.

In June 2017, President Museveni commissioned the road equipment worth more than sh500b that was distributed to 121 districts in Uganda.

Each district received a full unit of equipment consisting of one motor grader, one wheel loader, one vibro roller, one water bowser and two dump trucks. Each unit was valued at 2.7 Billion Shillings.  

The 1,151 pieces of road equipment were imported from Japan using a loan from the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation.