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
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.