Mpigi CAO, Kabarole District Officials Remanded To Prison

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Solomon Kalibwani Musoke, the Chief Administrative Officer Mpigi and four senior officials of Kabarole district local government have been remanded to Kajojo Government Prison in Fort Portal for embezzlement of funds and abuse of office.

The remanded Kabarole officials are Robert Nkojo, the Chief Financial Officer, Pius Mugabi Katuramu, the water officer, Steven Rubaihayo, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer and Joseph Rwabukuku, the former assistant chief administrative officer.

Kalibwani was the former Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole and was transferred to Mpigi last year. The suspects appeared today before Alex Mushabe, Fort Portal Grade One Magistrate.

Prosecution led by Sydney Asubo, the head of prosecutions in the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG), alleges that Rwabukuku embezzled 38 million shillings that was meant for the poverty alleviation fund.

Prosecution also alleges that Katuramu and Kalibwani embezzled 30 million shillings that was meant for the construction of gravity water flow schemes in Kasenda and Rutete Sub County.

Kalibwani was also accused of withdrawing 27 million shillings from the district account in Stanbic Bank Fort Portal Branch and failed to account for the money.

Rubaihayo and Nkojo are accused of embezzling 14.7 million shillings that was realized from the sale of district assests.

The officials pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Katojo Prison until March 11th.

The officials were arrested over the weekend by the police on the orders of the Inspector General of Government.