Speaking to URN in an interview on Friday, Ssenyonyi disclosed that despite the arrest warrant they issued to the Parliament’s Police Commander to arrest Imaryo on site, the Police have since failed to effect the directive after reports emerged that the suspect is being protected by ‘powerful people’ in Government and may be helped flee the country.
Former ULC Senior Accountant Siraj Isabirye (L) appearing before Public Accounts Committee, COSASE before he was handed over to police for failing to explain irregular financial transactions he processed. Photo by Dominic Ochola
Members of Parliament have resolved to involve
the International Criminal Police Organization - Interpol to hunt down Barbara
Imaryo, the Uganda Land Commission – ULC Secretary who is wanted to face accountability
Led by their Committee Chairperson, Joel Ssenyonyi,
the lawmakers on the Parliamentary Commissions, Statutory Authority and State
Enterprise – COSASE made the resolution during a sectoral meeting on Thursday.
The decision arose after Imaryo, for the
seventh time snubbed the Committee’s summons to appear and answer to queries, among others the irregular compensation payment of 10.6 billion Shillings to six claimants, two
of whom are non-existent without the Commission’s approval.
Speaking to URN in an interview on Friday, Ssenyonyi
disclosed that despite the arrest warrant they issued to the Parliament’s Police
Commander to arrest Imaryo on site, the Police have since failed to effect the
directive after reports emerged that the suspect is being protected by ‘powerful people’ in
Government and may be helped flee the country.
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Ssenyonyi said that Imaryo, also the Commission’s
Accounting Officer is hiding or believed to have been aided to flee the country by her 'god fathers', prompting them to seek audience with the
Inspector General of Police to engage Interpol.
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Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County lawmaker
observed that the monies that have been unlawfully paid out
are huge and hiding from the truth will worsen Imaryo’s situation because her
and the 'god fathers' will ultimately be exposed.
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The MPs also resolved to publish Imaryo’s photo in the
national papers to escalate the case and alert the public. The Committee also handed over Siraj Isabirye, the former
Senior Accountant of the Uganda Land Commission to the Criminal Intelligence
Investigations Department – CIID on Thursday after he failed to corroborate the
queried financial transactions he effected.
Meanwhile, in her submissions as a witness before the
Committee at the same meeting, Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki, the ULC Chairperson
who was early this year jointly suspended with Imaryo on the directive of
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni identified the two ghost land claimants in the 10.6 billion
Shillings’’ pay-out as Julius Busuulwa and Natali Namuli.
In an audit report by the Auditor General for FY 2020/2021, Busuulwa
was paid 1.4 billion Shillings, while Namuli received 1.6 billion Shillings
which were all not supported with documents.
In addition, a sum of 1.2 billion Shillings was paid
for outstanding arrears that related to the previous year but were not
recognized in the financial statements as payables.
Further, a withholding tax of 22 million Shillings was not
paid to Uganda Revenue Authority - URA. While appearing before the MPs,
Siraj Isabirye, the former ULC Accountant said he was pushed to pay the money
to the claimants following Imaryo’s directives.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.