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Sembabule District Engineer, CFO Probed for Misusing Road Funds

According to the Auditor Generals report, the district received 312 million Shillings from the central government to cater for periodic road maintenance as well as the construction of new roads in the area. But the committee established that Musinguzi, with the engineers approval, paid 70 million Shillings for works on two community roads that have never been executed.
Parliamentary PAC committee sitting to review audit reports for Central region one, the committee tasked Sembabule CFO and Engineer to record statements on misuse on Road Funds.

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The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has opened criminal investigations against Charles Musinguzi, the Sembabule district Chief Finance Officer and the District Engineer Denis Ssekitooleko for swindling road fund allocations.

The duo appeared before the committee this afternoon to respond to audit queries raised in the Auditor General's report for the year ending June 2017. The Committee of Parliament chaired by the Aswa County MP Reagan Okumu has pitches camp in Greater Masaka region.

According to the Auditor General's report, the district received 312 million Shillings from the central government to cater for periodic road maintenance as well as the construction of new roads in the area. 

But the committee established that Musinguzi, with the engineers approval, paid 70 million Shillings for works on two community roads that have never been executed. 

Musinguzi told the committee that he paid out the money a lump sum to the contractor who later abandoned works before completion. He explained that the balance of the said allocation was deposited on a bank account of a local petrol station for fuel supply and hire of equipment. However, his submission was found wanting for lack of documentary evidence.

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Makindye West Member of Parliament Ibrahim Kasozi requested that the officials be handed over to Police to record statements over what he described as misuse of public resources.

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Committee Chairperson Reagan Okumu tasked the officials to testify on oath before he accordingly ruled that they are taken to record statements with the parliamentary police for criminal investigations and possible recovery of 70 million Shillings spent on executed roadworks.

Okumu accused the two officers of conniving to hoodwink the committee and forging accountability documents.

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