The grabbed land was allegedly sold to businessman Moses Kallisa.... an arbitrary act that is prejudicial to the interest of the government of Uganda which is Ddamba's employer.
Munira Ali, the Spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government addressing journalists at the Anti Corruption court in Kampala
Detectives attached to the Inspectorate of Government have
arrested Joel Ddamba, a Principal Township Officer from Kalungu District.
Munira Ali, the Spokesperson of IG says that Ddamba was arrested from his hideout in Masaka district after being hunted for five months to
answer to charges of loss of public property, abuse of office, corruption and
conspiracy to defraud.
The Inspectorate alleges that in June 2013, while employed
as Senior Assistant Town Clerk for Katwe - Butego Division in Masaka Municipal
Council, Ddamba fraudulently disposed of the Division land found along Kampala
Road at Mutuba Musisi Garden in Masaka.
The grabbed land was allegedly sold to businessman Moses
Kallisa without the approval or knowledge of the Division/Municipal
Authorities. For this same conduct, Ddamba is charged with abuse of office
for breaching procurement laws and guidelines, an arbitrary act that is
prejudicial to the interest of the government of Uganda which is his employer.
Ddamba’s co-accused, businessman Moses Kallisa is
accused of corruption for having procured the land in question and purchased it
and transferred it into his names without knowledge and approval from the
relevant authorities. Kallisa, who appeared before the Anti-Corruption
court sometime back, he has since been granted bail.
The arrest by Ddamba follows the July 24, 2020, warrant of
arrest issued by Grade One Magistrate Abert Asiimwe of the Anti-Corruption
Court to any police officer directing them to arrest him upon sight.
"You are hereby directed to arrest the said accused
number one Joel Ddamba and produce him before me Magistrate Grade One His
Worship Asiimwe Abert of the Anti-Corruption Court Kololo as soon as an arrest
is effected", reads the summons in part.
The IGG spokesperson Munira has told URN that the accused is
being brought to Kampala from Masaka by detectives waiting to be arraigned in
the court on Tuesday for plea taking.