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Anger as Embattled Kisoro District Veterinary Officer is Re-instated

Amos Hakizimana, the Kisoro District Speaker, says that when PAC implicated Ngabo for having misused the money and recommended that he should refund it, they felt happy knowing that corruption is being fought in the district.
Musa Ismal Onzu, District Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer

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The reinstatement of Dr. Hebert Ngabo Bubasha, the embattled Kisoro District Veterinary Officer as the District Production and Marketing Officer has sparked anger among local politicians.

In March 2020, Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer interdicted Ngabo to pave way for investigations into his alleged mismanagement of Shillings 28.4 million meant to fund the 1.5 acres Maziba agriculture demonstration farm in Burungu village, Sooko, parish, Muramba sub-county for the financial year 2020/2021.

Kisoro district Public Accounts Committee directed Ngabo to refund the money after their investigations proved that it was mismanaged. However, local political leaders, say that they were surprised last month after receiving credible information that Ngabo has been reinstated by the CAO and posted as the head of the district production and marketing department.  

According to the politicians, Ngabo's reinstatement before resolving his issues is counterproductive in the fight against corruption. John Muftimukiza, the Nyarusiza sub-county councillors and his counterpart of Busanza sub-county, Joram Hangabimana, argue that part of the money Ngabo mismanaged included Shillings 10.2 million meant to purchase a Mushroom seed production unit, Shillings 6million for Maintenace of the farm structure, Shillings 6.2 million to purchase startup materials and Shillings  6 million for procurement of 40 bags of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP ) fertilizer to support proper growth of animal pasture.   

They say that there is no reason why Ngabo should have been reinstated to head any district department yet his fate is still unsolved.  They also cite a syndicate in reinstating Ngabo wondering why an advert that has been running in print newspapers to attract the District Production and Marketing officer was last week withdrawn by the Kisoro District Service Commission.   

Amos Hakizimana, the Kisoro District Speaker, says that when PAC implicated Ngabo for having misused the money and recommended that he should refund it, they felt happy knowing that corruption is being fought in the district. 

Ngabo’s interdiction also made them happier that district officials are cherishing transparency and proper accountability of public funds. Hakizimana, however, says that they were surprised recently when they learnt that Ngabo is back in the office with a big appointment.     

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Hakizimana says that as councillors they have petitioned Kisoro Resident District Commissioner to intervene and conduct fresh investigations. He says that once nothing is done, they will seek more help from higher authorities. 

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Hajji Shafique Ssekandi Ssengoba, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, says that his office has received a copy of the petition signed by 36 councillors protesting Ngabo's reinstatement. Ssekandi says that he has already written to the Chief Administrative Officer demanding an explanation and reasons why he reinstated Ngabo to office.  

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When contacted, Musa Ismail Onzu,  the Kisoro Chief Administrative Officer, said that his office was yet to receive a copy of the petition from councillors. Onzu says that he was forced to reinstate Ngabo following an April 12, 2022 injunction from Kabale high court. Onzu says that even after receiving a petition from councillors, Ngabo will remain in office since the matter is now before court and Ngabo secured an injunction. 

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Ngabo declined to comment on the matter when contacted.  

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