Lt.Col. Edith Nakalema asks UCU students to be active in the fight against corruption

By Daudi Zirimala
The Head of the Anti Corruption Unit at State House Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has urged the students of Uganda Christian University in Mukono Municipality to get deeply involved in the fight against corruption as the vice is a moral and spiritual issue and requires people like them with the right attitude to wipe out the vice from the country.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema was delivering a lecture to both students and the staff of Uganda Christian University Mukono on the topic ‘Realizing Public Accountability in Uganda’s Public Service Delivery System-What is our role as Christians’

Nakalema who broadened the scope of corruption in all sectors and not focusing on only the embezzlement, exhaustively told the congregation that was on its daily lunch time assembly the forms of accountability that include among others financial, political, legal, and social accountability adding that all forms and levels of accountability are influenced by individual moral values that stem from the family, institutions, community, religion and government among others.

She informed them that government on its part has put in place interventions to curb corruption but it requires the responsibility and mandate of all Ugandans to combat the evil.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, therefore, urged students of Uganda Christian University in particular and all Ugandans to be the light of the world by denouncing corruption quoting from Mathew Chapter 15 verse16 that ‘let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise and glorify the Father in Heaven’.

Mayiga asks Museveni to check government officials in regards to corruption

The Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to focus his new anti-corruption fight on top government officials whom he says have entrenched the vice that is partly responsible for the raging poverty in the country.

Mayiga was addressing the Lukiiko sitting at Bulange Mengo. His statement was in response to President Museveni’s speech during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party National Delegates’ Conference held over the weekend at Namboole international stadium.

In his speech, Museveni acknowledged that corruption was a big problem for Ugandans but hastened to add that it is easy to stop. He noted that his government had in the past tried to net the corrupt officers citing some in the Prime Minister’s office and others. The President named corruption, theft of government drugs, free education, house-hold incomes, illegal evictions and working on feeder roads as the priority areas on his government.

Now, Mayiga says there is need for the President to bring to book top corrupt government officials who seem to be untouchable. He observed that the NRM government has for the past 34 years devised ways to apprehend the corrupt but Ugandans are yet to be convinced by the results.

He says that for the government to succeed in its corruption fight there is need to net top officials like Ministers. Mayiga said that billions, which would help the country fight poverty among its citizens, are embezzled by the officials.

Ssenoga Kiligwajjo, the Representative of Gomba County in the Lukiiko noted that corruption and theft start from families hence the need for parents to ensure that they dedicate more time to teaching children about corruption tendencies.

A recent Corruption Perception Index, a global report by Transparency International, indicated that Uganda was progressing in the fight against corruption dropping 12 places from 149th position to 137 on a scale of 180 countries.

According to the report, Rwanda remains the least corrupt country in the East African region in position 51 followed by Tanzania in the 96th position with a score of 37 while Kenya and Uganda are tied together.

Burundi at 165 and South Sudan 179 remain the most corrupt countries in the region. To end corruption and restore trust in politics, Transparency International said that there is need to prevent opportunities for political corruption and to foster the integrity of political systems.

The global body also recommended governments to reduce the risk of conflict of interest, enforce campaign finance regulations in order to prevent excessive money and influence in politics, and strengthen election integrity by preventing and sanctioning vote-buying and misinformation campaigns.

~From Uganda Radio Network

Anti corruption activists charged and remanded

By Sania Babirye
Two out of the Seven youths who were arrested on Monday protesting want they termed as increased corruption in the country have pleaded guilty to the offense of disobeying lawful orders.

Nakiyimba Joan and Faridah Bikobele have appeared before Buganda road Court grade one magistrate Marion Mangeni who read to them the charge before accepting it.

However, their lawyer Eron Kiiza tried to ask the magistrate to read afresh the charge to his clients saying they had not properly understand the offense before pleading guilty.

But the magistrate declined his prayer maintaining that the convicts had properly accepted understanding the charge and chose to plead guilty.

The magistrate however adjourned the matter to the 23rd of January 2020 to rule on an objection by the defense from state to present the alleged exhibits including placards that the accused were carrying stating that they were disappointed with government’s failure to fight corruption.

According to Kiiza, star can not present evidence since the two had accepted the charge and that state can only present the alleged evidence when court starts hearing the case against the five remaining suspects who denied the offense.

Prosecution states that on the 13th of January 2020 at Entebbe road, in Kampala district, the suspects disobeyed lawful orders including section 5 and 10 of the 2013 public order management act by engaging in an illegal protest without notifying police.

Evidence further shows that the group was dressed in black with placards with writings” real anti corruption walk, black Friday” and when police led by the police officer in charge of operations at CPS Kampala Officer Ivan, to stop their protest and allow other road users to go on with their daily businesses, they declined leading to their arrests.

The group is said to have been detected by police from a CCTV footage showing them protesting which prompted police to swing into action and foil the said illegal protest.

The other suspects who pleaded not guilty to the said charge include Muzamiru Yiga, Ssemwanga Jackson, Ngoobi Saadi, Kemigisha Sharon and a one Ferdinand.

Meanwhile other 8 suspects who appeared before chief magistrate Stella Amabilisi have also further been remanded until the 28th of this month.

Activists arrested as they walk against corruption

By Deo Wasswa

Police have arrested over twenty youth activists who have been demonstrating this morning on streets of Kampala against the increasing corruption cases in the country.

The campaign dubbed; “The real anti corruption walk” was part of the relaunched black Monday, a citizen led campaign to fight against corruption.

The youth have been demonstrating while giving out black Monday flyers which portray different corruption scandals and government officials involved in these corruption cases.

The group led by The alternative social movement, Uganda poor youth movement and Red top brigade was takes to CPS.

Two magistrates face disciplinary action over corruption

By Sania Babirye

The Judiciary top Management has directed disciplinary action against two Magistrates and five support staff following the recent investigations by the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Task force.

The implicated staff are among those that appeared in last year’s media reports on corruption tendencies at selected courts arising out of investigations conducted by the Vision Group and the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe says his team reviewed the Report of the Task force in December 2019 and directed the Chief Registrar to charge the two implicated Magistrates and refer them to the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee.

Established under Office Instruction No. 4 of 2019 dated July 30, 2019, the Task force was mandated to investigate allegations of corruption published in the various print and electronic media during the period of June to July, 2019.

The implicated staff include two Magistrates, two Office Attendants, two Court Clerks and a Process Server, attached to the Magistrates Courts’ of Wakiso, Goma, City Hall, Mukono and Nabweru. The Permanent Secretary was also tasked to interdict the five support staff and take disciplinary action accordance with the Public Service Standing Orders.

“It is the disciplinary processes which will determine whether to forward the implicated officers to the Judicial Service Commission and Public Service Commission for further action,” said Justice Katureebe.

“This Task force interfaced with the media, reviewed media material and related documents, interviewed implicated individuals and conducted field visits in the process of executing this mandate,” the Report reads in part.

The report also highlights some of the other challenges affecting delivery of Judicial services, including poor infrastructure, inadequate security, inhumane sanitary conditions among others.

The task force was chaired by Dr. Immaculate Busingye, formerly Registrar Inspectorate of Courts who is now appointed as high Court judge.

Other Members included High Court Judges: Vincent Emmy Mugabo and Susan Abinyo, deputy registra Rosemary Bareebe, assistant deputy registra Ayebare Tumwebaze,
Patrick Barugahare who is the Principal Human Resource Officer, Solomon Muyita and Eva Kentaro Mugerwa an Advocate.

Police officers remanded to Luzira over corruption

By Sania Babirye

Two security guards attached to Mulago police have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly receiving a one million bribe to return exhibits to a suspect.

The suspects, Amos Mbwira and Reuben Gasaki have been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and charged with corruption.

They have denied the offense. Court refused to grant them bail on grounds that investigations are still ongoing

They will be returning to court on the 22nd of this month.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of October 2019, the suspects received the said money from a one Ibrahim Lubowa whose medical equipment had been confiscated by Mulago police.

Lubowa had allegedly given them the said bribe to give him back his medical equipment.

MP Baryeku mentioned in fraudulent land transaction case

By Sania Babirye

As efforts to uncover the mess into the fraudulent land transaction on plot 24 Kyabazinga way in Nalufenya in jinja district continues, the acting commissioner for lands registration has asked the ongoing land probe commission for more time to solve the discovered mess.

The contentious land called Tirupati land was fraudulently sold by the Jinja land board to businessman Thurmmar Jay Magnalal Patel to build a shopping mall at 7.5 billion while the Jinja municipal council had released the same land to Tirupati development for construction of a public recreation center.

While appearing before the commission, Robert Opiyo has asked justice Catherine Bamugemereire heading the seven member commission of inquiry into land matters to give him up to tomorrow to put into place measures of cancelling of the freehold title acquired for the said land to Jinja municipal council.

The commission had learnt from the jinja land board chairperson Ndiko Ngobi that some member of the Jinja district land board received a bribe and connived and fraudulently transferred the land ownership to Magnalal concluding that the said land transfer was illegal.

She also informed the commission that she declined a 50 million bribe to engage in the said fraudulent land transfer.

Other persons implicated in the said bribery allegations include the member of parliament for Jinja municipality Moses Balyeku who is said to have tried to bribe a land officer of Jinja one Fred Waiswa with a piece of land to put aside the current running lease and instead process for him a freehold land title and Titus Kisambira the chairperson of Jinja district.

Justce Bamugemereire has now ordered Opio to come back tomorrow with a full progress and that those fraudulent officials on the Jinja land board found to have participated in the said transaction will be recommended to the IGG for the law to take its course.

Engineer who faked his death officially charged

By Sania Babirye
The former principle engineer who faked his death 9 years ago to escape charges of causing government a 4.2 billion financial loss over a 70,000 botched local council one bicycles has finally been charged by the anti corruption court.

Robert Kakiza had been indented together with the now convicted and serving a 10 year jail sentence John Muhanguzi the then permanent secretary in the ministry of local government and five others in 2012 but he faked his death until in April this year when he was discovered alive.

Kashaka and his co convicts including former principle accountant Henry Bamutura,former principle procurement officer Mwebaze Robert who is now deceased, Sam Emorutu Erongoti former assistant commissioner for policy and planning, former consultant Timothy Musherure, and Adam Bond Alum a member on the evaluation committee but these had since then being jailed in July 2014 appealed their convictions and sentences and are also out on bail.

In 2012, a death certificate of the purported dead Kakiza was presented to justice Lawrence Gidudu only for him to be arrested in April this year after the statehouse anti corruption unit headed by col.Edith Nakalema arrested him following a tip off from a whistle blower.

He has been charged with abuse of office and an alternative count of corruption.

He has however denied the offenses and his bail already extended by the lower court extended.

The case has now been adjourned to the 18th of September for hearing of his case.

Prosecution states that as a member of the evaluation committee appointed by the minister of local government for procurement of the 70,000 lc1 bicycles, Eng.Kakiza abused his office when he recommended MS an Airtel as having the minimum capacity and experience to supply the said bicycles where as not.

He is also accused of neglecting all his duties by failing to evaluate the said bid.

The said bicycles were to be supplied ahead of the 2011 general elections for political mobilization.

Two BOU officials sent to jail over corruption

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption court has remanded to Luzira prison two Employees of Bank of Uganda who are facing corruption charges.

These have been identified as 36 year old Francis Kakeeto is a banker working as a Branch manager of Bank of Uganda -Mbale Branch and 42 year old Fred Vito Wanyama an Assistant Branch manager

These have been remanded by grade one magistrate Abert Asimwe after they pleaded not guilty to charges of Abuse of office when they allegedly allowed inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a chartered plane carrying printed material of Bank of Uganda .

According to the charges sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita, the pair was assigned by their employer (BOU) to carry out a pre-shipment inspection of printed material in France but in total abuse of their respective offices allowed inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a chartered plane.

In the alternative, the 2 suspects are facing a charge of corruption in which they are said to have corruptly neglected to perform their duties by failing to report unauthorized cargo on a plane fully chartered by Bank of Uganda .

The 2 men allegedly committed the offenses on 26th/April 2019 between France, Belgium and Entebbe International Airport .

The magistrate also denied them bail and remanded them until Tuesday next week to consider their second bail application since he found their first sureties not substantial.

The said sureties had no pepper identification documents to present in court including LC letters to prove area of residence.

The two were arrested following a complaint by Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Mutebile who tipped the anti corruption unit of state house following his suspicion of extra cargo that entered the country abode a chartered BOU plane that was carrying printed material.

According to reports, the plane landed at Entebbe International Airport on the 27th of April 2019 and was cleared by URA officials in the presence of Bank of Uganda officials and Aviation security .

However according to a statement from Bank of Uganda , the chartered plane had to carry 20 pallets instead of 25 .

The alleged anormally was detected during the verification of the consignment hence commencement of investigations which have sofar revealed that the extra cargo belongs to powerful businesmen in the country and organisations.

A joint investigation between CID and State House Anti-corruption unit has sofar led to the arrest of a number Bank of Uganda officials .

Corruption charges against Bakaleke suspended

By Sania Babirye

The corruption charges that were slapped on the now turned police commissioner dissenter and fugitive Siraje Bakeleke have been suspended until he is arrested. The charges against Bakaleke and 8 others have been temporally suspended by the Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita.

The letter discounting proceedings against the 9 was written and signed by the DPP on the 24th of May 2019 and today a state prosecutor attached to the Anti-corruption division of the High court has presented it before anti corruption court Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende .

Bakaleke is jointly charged together with six other senior police officers including: Innocent Munezero, Nuwagaba Innocent, Robert Asiimwe, Amanya Junior, Babu Gastavas Kenneth Zirintuusa and a lawyer Paul Mugoya and Samuel Nabeta.

These charged with the kidnap and defrauding of over 415000 US. Dollars from three Korean nationals.

His co accused were arraigned in court in August 2018 and pleaded not guilty to the offense and have also since then been granted bail by the same court .

However, despite court summoning Bakaleke since then to appear in court to take plea to the charges, the senior police officer is nowhere to be found.

This forced magistrate Nabende in October 2018 to issue a national warrant of arrest for the troubled police officer ordering any Police officer to arrest him on sight for defying several court summons but this remains to be seen also.

The Uganda Police did also state that they did not know the where about of ACP Bakeleke and have since then suspended the former Kampala South Police commander and declared him a wanted person on the run for deserting his work.

Bakaleke is charged with 12 counts of Abuse of office and conspiring with others to steal 1.4 billion shillings (415000 US Dollars ) from three Korean investors in February 2018.

State prosecutor Harriet Ongomu informed court that on the 17th of September, Bakaleke was been dully served through his lawyer Senguka Robert and Nakachwa partners yet they all failed to show up in court with no communication.

On the 11th of September, High court judge Musa Sekaana also dismissed an application by Bakeleke in which he wanted court to stop his trial in the anti corruption court on grounds that the DPP can not prosecute him when investigations were still on going.

On the 5th of September 2018, Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende issued summons against ACP Bakaleke and other 6 police officers serving in different ranks to appear before him and plead to charges of kidnapping and wrongfully confining the three Korean nationals from whom they defrauded 1.4 billion shillings .

Bakaleke’s co accused include Innocent Bunezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robery Asimwe, Amanya Junior, Babu Gastavasi, Mugoya Wanyoto Paul and Nabeta Samuel,

These are charged with arbitrary directing the wrongful arrest and confinement of three Korean Nationals.

These are said to have committed the offense between the 4th and 11th of February 2018.

These are facing 12 counts of abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit a felony.

After the assassination of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Bakaleke told moaners that he believed he was next inline to be assassinated by people he dud not name and although police gave him security it only lasted for a day after they deserted him.

His whereabouts still remain unknown and the Uganda police has also intensified the search for him to be prosecuted.