Six government officials attached to Kitagwenda district local government in western Uganda have been arrested by the State House Health Monitoring Unit over suspected corruption cases including fraudulent procurement procedures, abuse of office, corruption, false accounting and utterance of false documents.
The suspects include the chief administrative officer-CAO Richard Ssebandeke, the district engineer Andrew Baguma, the district roads inspector Mary Ahebwa, the acting District Education Officer Expedito Twinomujuni, the Kitagwenda town council engineer Moses Tugume and the chief finance officer Patrick Kisembo, who were arrested after the unit made an impromptu visit to the district headquarters on September 14, 2023.
Preliminary investigations indicate that Richard Ssebandeke, Gerald Kisembo, Maria Ahabwe, Expedito Twinomujuni and Moses Tugume allegedly sent millions of money in their personal accounts and changed bill of quantities (BOQs) for different government projects, and other public accountability red flags.
More officers including the district production officer Naboth Kamubona and other suspects are still at large, as the 6 are detained at Kitagwenda Central Police Station.
The Resident District Commissioner-RDC Kitagwenda, Mr. Nicholas Kamukama Keine has confirmed their arrest, and called upon the public to be vigilant and report all suspected corruption cases in every public project. The unit will continue to carryout arrests of officers who shall be found guilty and arraign them before courts of laws.