4 Nansana municipal officers charged, remanded

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Four Nansana Municipal Council officers were Tuesday charged with abuse of office and remanded to Prison.

They are; Atwoko Jimmy (former Town Clerk), Ssengendo Hadijah (Assitant Town Clerk), Nakabugo Agnes (Senior Accountant) and Nayiga Florence (Senior Accounts Assistant).

In January 2020, the entire technical staff of Nansana Municipal Council in Wakiso District was handed over to the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to help further investigations over alleged embezzlement of over Shs. 1.8 billion (UGX One point Eight Billion) meant for service delivery in the Municipality.

The move followed a petition by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Wakiso, Ms. Rose Kirabira and the Councilors of the Municipality led by their chief petitioner, Mr. Kiyita Daniel Mivule who is Nansana East Councilor in Wakiso District to the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House.

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The petition prompted the Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema to swing into action.

Lt. Col. Nakalema told the meeting held at the Municipality Chambers in Nansana, and attended by leaders of the Municipality as well as technocrats, that her office received a report on the 21st of January 2020 claiming that Nansana was in a bad shape.

The report, she said, was followed by a delegation of Councilors from Nansana who presented a damning petition of alleged massive corruption in the Municipality.

The petition pointed out that over Shs.1.8 billion had been embezzled by the leaders of the Municipality.

The funds are said to have been locally generated from the property rates for the purpose of garbage collection, drainage and installation of the municipal street lights, among many other priority programs.

It is alleged that the funds were diverted to non-priority areas that were not provided for by the law.

The petitioners also alleged that Shs. 250 million that had been provided by donors to Nansana to support HIV/AIDS initiative programme, was embezzled and banked in a personal account of one of the staff members close to the Town Clerk, Ambrose Atoko.

The petition further disclosed that the corrupt tendencies did not spare the greening project of Nansana whose funds provided by the government disappeared into thin air and according to the chief petitioner, the road funds for Nansana, amounting to over Shs. 1 billion, had also been stolen.

Lt. Col. Nakalema told the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Local Government, Mr. Benjamin Kumumanya, to take immediate action and hand over the Town Clerk of Nansana, Mr. Ambrose Atoko to Police CID for further investigations.

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