The State Minister for Economic
Monitoring in the Office of President Peter Ogwang has ordered the arrest of
nine Masindi district local government officials for allegedly executing shoddy
works on government projects in the district.
The officials are John Kasaija, the Masindi municipal engineer, Deo Kabugo, the
town clerk Masindi Municipality, Lameck Atugonza, the Masindi district and his
supervisor John Muhumuza.
Others are Alfred Onen, the
District Water Officer, Geoffrey Nkurunziza, the former acting district Chief
Administrative Officer-CAO, Patrick Okise, the district internal auditor,
Godfrey Byarugaba, the district procurement officer and David Baguma, the
Masindi chief financial officer.
They are accused of corruption and negligence of their duties by failing to
supervise the construction of the government projects that led to shoddy works
and loss of taxpayer’s money.
Ogwang accuses Kasaija and Kabugo of
failing to monitor the construction of Katasenywa Health Centre II in Nyangahya
Division where the government injected 490 million shillings, but Ogwang says
that there was no value for money.
Ogwang also faulted the Masindi
District Engineer and his team for doing nothing despite shoddy works on Bulima
town council administrative block, staff quarters at Kihagani Primary School,
and Bwijanga health centre IV in Bwijanga Sub County.
He also accuses the water officer of sanctioning full payment for the
construction of four boreholes in the greater Kimengo sub-county which were
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Ogwang vowed to follow up on the
matter and warned police against interfering with the cases.
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Jennifer Namuyangu, the State
Minister for Bunyoro Affairs wondered how civil servants could authorize
payments of government money for no or shoddy works are done. She tasked the
community members to always demand accountability from the duty bearers
whenever a government project is being undertaken in their area.
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Cosmas Byaruhanga, the LCV Chairperson
Masindi says the district political leadership refused to commission some of
the projects after realizing that shoddy works were done on them.
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Edinah Nyinareza, the Masindi
District Police Commander says she would summon the accused officers to Masindi
Central Police Station to have them record statements on the accusations put