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Road Works in Hoima Halted As Equipment Remains Impounded

The Police and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit last month impounded the Hoima District Road equipment over alleged misuse.
The impounded Hoima Grader at Kaducu police station in Kiryandongo

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The police are yet to release the impounded Hoima district road equipment.

The Police and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit last month impounded the Hoima District Road equipment over alleged misuse.   

The equipment that includes a grader and a Vibro roller machine was found on a private farm owned by an Indian investor in Kigumba town council Kiryandongo district last month.

At the time they were impounded, the grader and the roller had their number plates plucked off.

This caused the immediate arrest of the Hoima district engineer Ibrahim Luswata, Vincent Irumba, the works supervisor and Charles Tibagwa, a mechanic attached to Hoima district local government.

A few days later, the Hoima LCV Chairperson Kadir Kirungi, Benson Chiche, the Hoima district LCV Vice-Chairperson who is also the LCV Councilor for Buhanika sub-county, Geoffrey Kumakech, the secretary for finance who is also the LCV Councilor for Buseruka sub-county and James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the secretary for production and natural resources who also doubles as the LCV Councilor for Kiganja sub-county were also arrested by the statehouse Anti-corruption officials.

They were produced before the court, charged and released on bail.  

The suspects together with other district officials are alleged to have connived and hired out the road equipment to the Indian investor whose particulars are yet to be revealed.

The impounded road equipment has since been held by police despite the sorry state of roads in Hoima district. The equipment is currently parked at Kaduku police station in Kiryandongo district.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says police cannot hand over the road equipment until they get clearance from court.

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The equipment was impounded at a time when most roads in Hoima District are impassable due to the heavy downpour.

Residents are demanding that the equipment be released so that they can be used to upgrade the various roads that are in a sorry state.

John Tibasiima, a resident of Waaki landing site in Kiganja parish wants the court to release the equipment so that they can be used to work on roads that are in bad condition. 

He however wants the court to punish the culprits who are alleged to have connived and hired out the road equipment.

Alice Ngamita, a resident of Kapapi sub-county wonders why they should suffer from bad roads yet the district officers hired the road equipment for selfish gains.

In June 2017, President Museveni commissioned the road equipment worth more than 500 Billion Shillings that was distributed to 121 districts in Uganda. 

Each district received a full unit of equipment consisting of one motor grader, one wheel loader, one vibro roller, one water bowser and two dump trucks. Each unit was valued at 2.7 Billion Shillings.

The 1,151 pieces of road equipment were imported from Japan using a loan from the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation.    

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