Mbarara CAO, junior officials charged with abuse of office

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Mbarara district officials being taken to court

Mbarara district officials including chief administrative officer, senior land management officer, district surveyor and acting clerk to the council appeared before the Anti-Corruption of High Court on charges of abuse of office.

Felix Cuthbert Esoku, 50, is the Chief Administrative Officer Mbarara district and resident of Kamukuzi division.

Nayebare Goldive, 39, is the Senior Land Management Officer and resident of Kakoba division.

Himbisa Emmanuel, 27, is the Senior Land Management Officer from Kakoba division.

Karuhanga Rosalia, 45, is the Human Resource Officer/Clerk to Council and resident of Kamukuzi division.

Esoku and others still at large, between the period of 23rd February 2016 and 10 January 2018 at Mbarara district local government, being employed as chief administrative officer in abuse of the authority of his office did an arbitrary act, prejudicial to the interest of his employer, to wit, processed and caused the leasing of Plot Number 5B located at Mbarara Municipal Council, to one Charles Ngabirano knowing that the said land did not belong to Mbarara district local government.

Esoku, Nayebare, Himbisa and others subdivided and received payments for development of land comprised in Plots Number;9-13 Katunzi road, 1-3, 5-15 and plots 17-21 Kamukuzi road in Mbarara municipality from individuals employed in the district, without authorisation form the Uganda land commission.

Karuhanga and others between May 24, 2018 and February 22, 2019, altered minutes of the council meeting held on 24th may 2018 y omitting Minute Number MIN.COU42/05/2018 with intent to deceive.

According to a charge sheet signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] Mike Chibita, the officials breached section 11 articles 1 and 2 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009.

After spending days in prison, the officials were Thursday produced before Grade One Magistrate Asiimwe Abert who charged them with abuse of office.

Only Nayebare was granted bail while the others were remanded to Luzira prison.

They were arrested on Sunday by the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema.

Nakalema said she carried out an operation in Mbarara district after receiving allegations that district officials had irregularly allocated to themselves district land.

They had not followed procedures nor due process. They were parcelling out the land under the guise of implementing a satellite city on the district land.

It was also alleged that various pieces of land had been grabbed e.g. Veterinary services land that Hon Charles Ngabirano, MP for Rwampara, had been accused of grabbing.

There was also another complaint that indicated that there had been misappropriation of Shs360m for the construction of Koranorya road.

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