and the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has impounded Hoima District Road equipment
over alleged misuse.
The equipment that includes a grader and a Vibro roller machine was found on a
private farm owned by an Indian investor in Kigumba town council Kiryandongo
district last week. At the time they were impounded, the grader and the Vibro
roller had their number plates plucked off.
This caused the arrest of the Hoima district engineer Ibrahim
Luswata, Vincent Irumba, the works supervisor and Charles Tibagwa, a mechanic
attached to Hoima district local government.
The suspects together with other top district officials are alleged to have
connived and hired out the road equipment to the Indian investor whose
particulars are yet to be revealed.
A source from the State House Anti-corruption unit who spoke to Uganda Radio
Network on condition of anonymity explained that the district officials
were arrested last week and later released on police bond.
The source further revealed that several other top officials in the district
are being investigated for their role in hiring out the road construction
“It is true we recovered the road construction equipment belonging to Hoima
district local government on a private farm in Kiryandongo and we managed to
arrest the district Engineer, the works supervisor and a mechanic for allegedly
conniving to hire out the machines,” said the
Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says that investigations into
the matter are ongoing. He also says that top district officials have been summoned
for further investigations.
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Mugolo, the Hoima Chief Administrative officer-CAO when contacted on the matter
said he was in a meeting.
Kadir Kirungi, the LCV Chairperson and Secretary for Works when contacted
declined to answer our repeated calls.
2017, President Museveni commissioned the road equipment worth more than sh500b
that was distributed to 121 districts in Uganda.
Each district received a full unit of equipment consisting of one motor grader,
one wheel loader, one vibro roller, one water bowser and two dump trucks. Each
unit was valued at 2.7 Billion Shillings.
pieces of road equipment were imported from Japan using a loan
from the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation.