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Police Probes Corruption in Construction of Jinja District Headquarters

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Police in Jinja North on Friday summoned the deputy chief administrative officer, Babra Nakayiza, alongside other technocrats over a whistleblowers' complaints of alleged corruption tendencies in the ongoing construction of the Jinja district headquarters.

Ongoing construction works at the Jinja district headquarters which commenced in 2019 are expected to cost 14 billion Shillings. So far 3.5 billion Shillings was disbursed to the contractors, who have since concluded the foundation works and shaping up the structure. 

While inspecting the ongoing construction works at the Jinja district headquarters early last week, the economic monitoring state minister, Peter Ogwang demanded an audit of the project, arguing that, the funds released did not tally with the physical works on site. 

Ogwang stressed that several whistleblowers had raised red flags in the corruption tendencies in Jinja district which cause financial loss to government and it was prudent for police authorities to expeditiously investigate the matter. 

Ogwang further questioned the manner in which 480 million Shillings had been allocated for the facelift of the maternity ward at Buwenge general hospital, yet the same funds can construct a new unit. 

The district technocrats led by Nakayiza held a closed door meeting with the police detectives at the Jinja North central police station, before recording statements pertaining graft related charges lavelled against them.

Nakayiza declined to comment about the matter arguing that the matter being investigated by police is sensitive and it was inappropriate for her to engage the press. 

The Jinja North district police commander, Romeo Onek, says that, all the suspects have been released on police bond, but they are working alongside a team of expatriates from police’s CID headquarters, to ensure that inquiries are expedited and the files handed over to the state attorney for perusal.

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