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
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
“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,”
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.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.