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Payroll Scandal: Kabale Municipality Officials Under Investigation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Payroll Scandal: Kabale Municipality Officials Under Investigation

Reuben Mutabaazi, the Kabale District Internal Security Officer, revealed that they are currently investigating cases involving arts teachers who should have been earning between Shillings 600,000 and 900,000 but were falsely classified as science teachers with a salary scale of 2.6 million Shillings.
Kabale Municipal Council Headquarters

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The Kabale Municipality Human Resource Officer, Beddah Mugyendesa, and the Accountant in charge of salaries, Gideon Ahebwomugisha are being investigated for allegedly inserting ghost civil servants onto the government payroll and falsely categorizing some secondary school art teachers as science teachers.

In the 2022/2023 financial year, the government implemented a 300 percent salary increase for science teachers in secondary and post-primary institutions. The increment saw graduate science and Grade V teachers get Shillings 4 million and Shillings 3 million up from Shillings 1.1 million and Shillings 796,000 respectively. 

Security investigation shows that it appears Mugyendesa and Ahebwomugisha took advantage of this opportunity to include nonexistent science teachers on the payroll. Reuben Mutabaazi, the Kabale District Internal Security Officer, revealed that they are currently investigating cases involving arts teachers who should have been earning between Shillings 600,000 and 900,000 but were falsely classified as science teachers with a salary scale of 2.6 million Shillings. 

This manipulation has resulted in over 12 million Shillings being wrongfully paid to the arts teachers.

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Godfrey Nyakahuma, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, disclosed that 60 cases are under investigation. Additionally, Nyakahuma stated that the art teachers involved in this scheme would pocket 30 percent of the extra salary while handing over 70 percent to Mugyendesa and Ahebwomugisha. 

As investigations continue, security and Kabale municipality authorities have decided to deduct 30 percent from the salaries of the implicated teachers until the entire amount is recovered.     

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Mugyendesa and Ahebwomugisha are currently on the run, and their actions have resulted in financial losses for the government due to incorrect payments to nonexistent and misclassified civil servants.

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Attempts to contact Mugyendesagye were unsuccessful as his mobile phones were switched off. Ahebwomugisha claimed that he only processes payments based on the approved list from the Human Resources office.

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