Works official pinned on fake hotel transaction
Publish Date: Mar 07, 2014
Works official pinned on fake hotel transaction
Rosemary Tibiwa attempts to hide from the camera at the Anti Corruption Court where she is being charged with fraud for inflating costs of holding a city transport workshop. PHOTO/Kennedy Oryema
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By Edward Anyoli  

The assistant commissioner from the Ministry of Works and Transport requisitioned for sh76m for a workshop that did not take place, court heard Thursday.

Rusuf Ngethe, the general manager of  Imperial Royal  Hotel  said Rosemary Tibiwa asked  him to  prepare  a bill for a workshop,  but it never took place.

Ngethe said Rosemary requested him to prepare a local purchase order without paying for it which he said was irregular.

“I had  to  consult  with  the director  Karim Hirji  because how  was I going  to raise a  bill  for  a workshop  that was not going  to take place? When I consulted him (Karim), he said it was okay.” Ngethe said.

Ngethe said after a discussion with Karim, he asked the financial controller Bhat Raghupalhi to prepare the final bill.

Ngethe told the  Anti-corruption Court  presided over by Justice  Paul  Mugamba  that  Tibiwa  approached  him with a list of participants  who would attend the workshop.

Ngethe said the ministry only paid sh6m for a two-day workshop.

Tibiwa is facing charges of abuse of office, embezzlement and fraudulent false accounting at the Anti- Corruption High Court.

Testifying as the sixth prosecution witness, Ngethe said sh6m was for break tea, lunch and stationery for the participants who attended the workshop.

It  is alleged  that  in  November 2012 at the ministry  of works and transport at  Entebbe, in  abuse of  her office, Tibiwa did  an arbitrary  act prejudicial  to  her employer when she instructed for initiation and authorised  requisition  for  procurement of a senstisation workshop and view gathering for Bus transport route system in Greater Kampala Metropolitan areas. The workshop allegedly cost sh30, 204,000.

Tibiwa  is  alleged to  have abused  her office  when she initiated  and reportedly authorised  requisition for  procurement  of  a workshop  to review interim  report  for feasibility  study  to introduce  Bus Rapid transit  route  purporting  that her department  was  scheduled  to implement  two days’ workshop at  Imperial Royal  Hotel in  Kampala.

Prosecution led by state attorney Marion Acio in third count accused Tibiwa of embezzlement. It is  alleged that between  November, 2012 and February 2012 being employed  as acting  commissioner, transport  services and infrastructure  stole sh46,718,500. She denied the charges.

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