Speaking at a conference commemorating International Anti-Corruption day on Wednesday, Nakalema justified her decision to investigate Dr. Lagu, saying the proceeds from livestock have increased from Shillings 800m to Shillings 2.2bn in less than a year since his dismissal.
Edit Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit- SHACU has
defended her decision to investigate and subsequent arrest of Dr.
Charles Lagu, the former boss
of the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB).
Dr. Lagu, who was interdicted, is currently battling charges
of abuse of office, causing financial loss, uttering a false document,
influence peddling and colluding to commit a fraudulent practice.
He is jointly charged with Ezekiel Phillip Mukani, a
Procurement Officer, Olivious Komujuni, an Animal Husbandry Officer and
Emmanuel Kafute Rumanzi, the Director of Nuruma Holdings Limited.
Speaking at a conference commemorating International Anti-Corruption day on
Wednesday, Nakalema justified her decision to investigate Dr. Lagu, saying the
proceeds from livestock have increased from Shillings 800m to Shillings 2.2bn
in less than a year since his dismissal.
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Nakalema was presenting a statement on how the unit has enhanced accountability
at the National Anti-Corruption Conference in Kampala. According to Nakalema,
at the start of her investigations, she was accused through the media of
harassing Dr. Lagu on tribal grounds.
She notes that the matter was even presented before the president by
legislators from the West Nile region, where Dr. Lagu hails from. Some media
reports claimed that Dr. Lagu was being targeted by government officials interested
in grabbing NAGRC&DB property.
However, Nakalema reveals that she is
married to a West Niler and has no ill will towards the region.
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Nakalema also told the conference that Post Bank Uganda had never posted
profits above Shillings 4bn before the arrest and prosecution of the top bank
managers last year for causing financial loss.
She revealed that the bank posted profits of Shillings 8.3
billion just one year after the arrest of the top officials.
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The managers who were charged with abuse of office and
causing financial loss are Stephen Mukweli, the Managing Director and Wabuna
Safina, Director of Information Communication Technology.
Others are Mwesigye
David, Augustine Kisitu, Samuel Wasigye, Alex Kayaayo, Mwesigye Jackson and