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Two Arrested in Mbarara City for Alleged Embezzlement of DDEG Funds

Mwesigye says the then Nyakayonjo Division was allocated 26 million shillings for 22 groups under the DDEG program. He adds that during the investigations it was discovered that out of the 22 groups registered only 4 groups were genuine.
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Police in Mbarara is holding two Mbarara city officials on allegations of embezzlement of Discretionary Development Equalisation Grant -DDEG Funds.

The funds were released in September 2020 during the 2020/21 financial year.

The two were arrested on Wednesday on the orders of the Mbarara City Resident Commissioner James Mwesigye.

They are Henry Mushabe who was the Senior Assistant Town Clerk of Nyakayojo Division, and at the time of arrest Mushabe has been acting as the senior Community Development Officer -CDO Mbarara City; and Winfred Komuhangi who was the Community Development officer and is now the CDO Mbarara City South Division.

James Mwesigye the Resident City Commissioner Mbarara City says the then Nyakayonjo division was given 26 million shillings to benefit 22 groups under the Discretionary Development Equalisation Grant -DDEG.

He says, however, the money was not given to the 22 groups that were documented and presented for accountability noting that during the investigations it was discovered that out of the 22 groups registered only 4 groups were in existence and the others were faked.

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He says the 18 others groups were registered by the then division workers like the front desk secretaries, cleaners among others.

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When contacted, Deputy Town Clerk Mbarara City Richard Mugisha says his office has not been notified about the development noting that they are just getting the information as a rumour.

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Samson Kasasira, Rwizi region Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrest of the two and other officials whose details are still concealed so as not to jeopardize investigations.

“Yes we have some former Nyakayojo Division workers but I cannot give you details now as we are still investigating some of them”.

The groups that RDC Mwesigye says were faked include Rukindo Youth Goat Rearing Group, Katojo Women Association, Rukindo tweyombekye, Kibaya United for development, which received 1.5 Million shillings among others.

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