Moses Ariho, the Assistant Resident City Commissioner in Charge of Mbarara City South Division, says Mutahi’s arrest came after he was implicated by SACCO leaders following their arrest on Tuesday afternoon. He says that the Sacco leaders accused the commercial officer of taking Shillings 6 Million out of the Shillings 30 Million meant for their Sacco.
The Assistant Commercial Officer of Mbarara City and three Emyooga
SACCO leaders are in custody for the alleged misappropriation of over Shillings
The suspects are Donati Mutaahi, the Assistant Mbale City commercial
officer, Agaspus Taremwa, the Chairperson of Mbarara City Saloon Emyooga SACCO,
Twaha Nagwagye, his Secretary and treasurer, Enid Tinkamanyire. Mutahi is also
accused of trying to bribe the RCC with Shillings 10 million to drop inquiries
into the allegations against him.
Moses Ariho, the Assistant Resident City Commissioner in Charge
of Mbarara City South Division, says Mutahi’s arrest came after he was
implicated by SACCO leaders following their arrest on Tuesday afternoon. He
says that the Sacco leaders accused the commercial officer of taking Shillings 6
Million out of the Shillings 30 Million meant for their Sacco.
According to Ariho,
despite the claim by the Sacco leaders, that the money was borrowed by other SACCO
members their investigations show that the Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary
withdrew the money without the consent of other members.
He says that they have directed all leaders under the SACCO to register statements with police
as the main signatories remain in custody. Ariho says that they have received various
complaints of bribery against Mutahi and the principal commercial officer.
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The RCC says before the
arrest, the assistant commercial officer attempted to bribe him with Shillings 10M
but he turned down the offer.
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Mutahi has denied the
accusations of fraud, saying that the RCC is only bent on tarnishing his image
in the public. Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson has
confirmed the detention of the suspects, saying that investigations have been ongoing
for the last two weeks.
Mbarara city received Shillings
1 Billion under the Emyooga program, which was shared between Mbarara City
North Division and Mbarara City South division with each receiving Shillings
500 Million. The money was disbursed to 36 groups with each getting Shillings 30
Launched in August 2019,
the Presidential Initiative on Wealth and Job creation (Emyooga) is a
government strategy targeting to transform homesteads from subsistence to
market-oriented production with the overall objective of promoting job creation
and improving household incomes.
The initiative was centered
on 18 enterprises, which are facilitated with both technical and financial
support to enhance the performance of their projects.