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Hoima District Procurement Officer Held Over Abuse Of Office

Christine Iga, the deputy Inspectorate Officer Hoima says that the arrest of Byarugaba follows several complaints brought against him for allegedly inflating costs of contracts and favoring specific contractors.

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Christopher Byarugaba, the head of the Hoima district procurement unit has been arrested for abuse of office and flouting procurement procedures. Byarugaba was picked up from his office in Kasingo on Monday afternoon by operatives from the Regional Inspectorate Office Hoima. The officer recorded a statement before he was whisked off to Kampala. Christine Iga, the deputy Inspectorate Officer Hoima says that the arrest of Byarugaba follows several complaints brought against him for allegedly inflating costs of contracts and favoring specific contractors.

Despite the fact that Iga declined to divulge details of the case, she maintains that she has been receiving several complaints against the official since she moved to the region in July. She says that most of the complaints relate to the failure by the procurement head to award contracts to the best bidders as provided for in the Public procurement and disposal of public Assets Authority-PPDA Act of 2003. Iga says that they investigated the complaints and gathered evidence against the suspect.

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Byarugaba is expected to appear before the Anti corruption court to answer charges of abuse of office.

The suspect has been on the spot for the irregular award of contracts such as the tender to manage the Hoima Municipal taxi park.  George Ntulume, the Hoima Chief Administrative Officer has not yet commented as he couldn’t be reached by our reporter as his phone was switched off.

Byarugaba becomes the second senior civil servant in Bunyoro to be arrested over corruption related charges. In December 2010, Steven Muhungirehe, the Buliisa Principal Internal Auditor was arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe of 300,000 shilling from a contractor.

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