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PENSION SCAM: Police forward file to DPPPublish Date: Jan 13, 2014
PENSION SCAM: Police forward file to DPP
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Mike Chibita the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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By Steven Candia

THE police have forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) a file on three former senior ministry of public service officials adversely named in a shs 88.2b National Social Security Fund (NSSF) scam, part of a wider 165b fraud probe.

The file in which Stephen Kiwanuka-Kunsa, the Commissioner in charge Pensions; the Principal Accountant Christopher Obey and his deputy, David Apila Oloka are adversely named and once led to their arrest early last year was forwarded last week for perusal and sanctioning, police sources said.

Kiwanuka-Kunsa, Obey and Oloka were arrested in January last year as they turned up to answer a police bond and detained after interrogations and recording a statement in regard to the scam. They were however later released.

The former Permanent Secretary, Jimmy Lwamafa, now on interdiction was also quizzed at the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) in connection with the alleged fraud before his bond being extended.

Two other ministry officials, Margaret Ojara, the Under Secretary in charge Finance and Administration and Joses Tegeza, the assistant commissioner for Policy and Planning in charge budgeting have also been quizzed in regard to the scam.

The Director CIID Grace Akullo could not be reached for comment but source confirmed that the file had been submitted. “The file was sent for sanctioning and we are just waiting for the outcome,” a source said.

Sources told the New Vision that the outgoing NSSF MD Richard Byaruhanga had also been questioned as part of the investigations and maintained that no such contribution was remitted to the fund.

Byaruhanga is said to have informed detectives the even the people, among them the police and prisons from who contributions were deducted were not eligible to make contributions.

It is alleged that Kunsa over saw the budgeting of the money under his department and also defended the money in Parliament.

The Auditor General, in his report, noted that the shs 88.2 billion NSSF contribution did not reach the NSSF account thus suspicion that the money was pocketed by some individual in Public Service.

The money was allegedly swindled in two financial years [2010/11 and 2011/12] in instalments of shs 44.1b. The Auditor General further indicated that pensioners are under no obligation to contribute to the Fund.

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