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Mayuge in sh2b fraud

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th May 2004 03:00 AM

FIFTEEN senior officials in Mayuge district have been summoned by the Police to explain how sh2.8b disappeared from the district coffers.

FIFTEEN senior officials in Mayuge district have been summoned by the Police to explain how sh2.8b disappeared from the district coffers.

By Felix Osike and Hamis Kaheru

FIFTEEN senior officials in Mayuge district have been summoned by the Police to explain how sh2.8b disappeared from the district coffers.

They are to report to the CID headquarters on Monday morning.
Sources said some of the money was withdrawn from the district accounts on the strength of the signature of the district chairman, Bakali Ikoba Tigawalana, who is on remand in Luzira prison over murder charges.

A probe commissioned by the CID director, Elizabeth Kutesa, on the orders of President Yoweri Museveni has established that the money disappeared between 2000-2003.

Detective Assistant Inspector of Police Grace Akullo led the CID team.

The findings indicate that sh300m was lost in the 2000/2001 financial year, sh1.9b in 2001/2002 and sh649m in 2002/2003.

The Auditor General’s office had also reported loss of colossal sums of money from the district. The money was meant for social services.

Those summoned were Dunstan Balaba, the chief administrative officer (CAO), Abdallah Awuyo, the assistant CAO, James Kisita, the chief finance officer, Sula Nantabya, the internal auditor, Fabian Wanjusi, the district engineer and Fred Musenero, the works supervisor .

Others were Joel Kyeyago, chief accountant, Siraje Lubanga, chief cashier, Magidu Nyende, the chief planner, Haruna Masimbi, the chairman of the tender board, Magoma, the inspector of schools, Stephen Kyakwise, the education officer, Zakaya Nzaireki, the district speaker, Daniel Kasala, the clerk to the tender board and Richard Naika, the clerk to council.
Sources said some officials were on the run for fear of being arrested.

Balaba was on Wednesday grilled by the CID officers for over three hours.

Sources said a mob loyal to the CAO nearly lynched the Police investigators and reinforcement was sent in from Kampala.

Sources said the CAO had rushed to CID headquarters on May 25, but was forced back to his office to surrender the required documents.

Several documents, including chits from Ikoba, were confiscated.
“We are evaluating the evidence to prosecute those responsible for the loss,” a Police officer said.

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Mayuge in sh2b fraud

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