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CID Probes Equal Opportunities Chairperson Over Misappropriation

Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has started investigating Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Chairperson, Sylvia Ntambi, over misappropriation allegations. A CID source said Ntambi’s probe has been ignited by a more than 20-page document by whistle blowers in which she is accused of misusing EOC’s funds, practicing nepotism and tribalism while managing the institution
The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has started investigating the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Sylvia Ntambi, over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

A CID source said Ntambi’s probe has been ignited by a more than 20-page document issued by whistle blowers in which she is accused of misusing EOC’s funds, practicing nepotism and tribalism while managing the institution.

Even though CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine, said he was not aware of the ongoing probe, a source confirmed that in the petition, Ntambi is accused of paying herself salary advances of Shs37m on March 4, 2016 and Shs40m on February 27, 2017, but has since instructed accounting officers not to deduct the money from her monthly salary.

Ntambi is accused of dismissing six workers without a clear ground. Some of the workers allegedly expelled by Ntambi include EOC Secretary-Catherine Amar, Senior Accounting Officer-Johnson Chandia, Vice Chairperson-Denis Mwebaze Nduhura, Senior Communications Officer-Christine Atuhaire and Assistant Commissioner-Henry Mwebaze.

“Whistle blowers also accuse Ntambi of forcing workers to resign. Some of the workers that have been forced to resign include Commissioner-Abubaker Ntambi, Commissioner-Bernadette Nalule and Principal Legal Officer-Elizabeth Akullo,” said the CID source quoting the petition.

Twine said he would inquire if CID detectives have already received the petition and whether they have already embarked on the investigations. “I am not aware of the investigations. But if we receive the petition, we shall open up a file and investigations shall be commissioned. If evidence is collected, the file will be sent to DPP for sanctioning and prosecution,” said Twine.

The CID source said the whistle blowers have copied the petition to Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, Internal Security Organisation (ISO)’s director, Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Committee of Parliament on Equal Opportunities.

“Whistle blowers have also indicated that Ntambi paid herself allowances for 52 days in the month of March this year yet it had only 31 days. She is also accused of grabbing a government vehicle UG 0891B and giving it to her relative who has been using it since 2017,” said the CID source.

Ntambi is also accused of paying herself warm cloth allowances even when she goes to countries like Kenya and Tanzania where is no winter. Warm cloth allowance is given to government workers traveling to US and Europe especially during winter periods.

She is also accused of presenting the same accountability reports to government of Uganda and European Union since EOC gets funding from the two bodies. A detective at CID intimated that a file named Paying Gratuity to Ghosts has been already opened up and a team of detectives and forensic experts has been named to probe the allegations.

Petitioners according to CID source demand Ntambi to be forced to step aside so that investigations into her abuse of office can be conducted. Detectives have reportedly acquired some vital documents from EOC.