Samson Lubega, the Bukwo District Police Commander, says that the arrest of the suspects stemmed from complaints from the general public about the non-existent projects under NUSAF3, which were later confirmed by the Resident District Commissioner and LC V Chairperson.
The four Bukwo district officials accused of creating ghost projects under the NUSAF3 that cost the government Shillings 700 million are finally in police
They are Catherine
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Jonah Chewer, the NUSAF 3 Desk Officer,
Tom Toskin, the Commercial
Officer and Andrew Bukose, Chief Finance
Officer. The others are four sub-county chiefs.
Police rounded up the officials on Wednesday following their failure to respond
to the summons to record their statements. Samson Lubega, the Bukwo District Police Commander, says that the arrest of the suspects stemmed from complaints
from the general public about
the non-existent projects
under NUSAF3, which were later confirmed by the Resident District Commissioner
and LC V Chairperson.
“We have them in our custody and we are finalizing with our
investigations and take them to court and answer charges of corruption and
embezzlement,” he said. The
arrest of the suspects comes two weeks after the Bukwo Resident District
Commissioner, Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza and LC V
chairperson Bukwo, Julius Moses
Chelimo unearthed 30 ghost projects used to syphon Shillings 700m.
Hashaka ordered the police to investigate and
arrest the officials responsible for the creation of ghost projects. Grace
Chero, one of the residents
of Chesower sub-county has hailed
the arrest of the officials, saying that they have
been mismanaging public funds.
“Officials in Bukwo have been used to eating money left and right without being
thank the RDC, LCV and police who have taken a bold
decision to arrest these officials who thought they are untouchable,”
Joseph Cheptegei, another resident wants the government to confiscate the property of the
suspects once found guilty. “Civil servants are building mansions in
Bukwo district but you don’t know where they get money from,” he said.