December 7, 2021

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Ubos bosses interdicted for abuse of office

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Finance minister Matia Kasaija has interdicted Dr Chris Mukiza, the executive director of Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos), board chairperson, Dr Albert Byamugisha and Dr Robert Wamala, a board member.

This is according to the October 28 interdiction letter citing corruption, nepotism, abuse of office, irregular billing and favouritism at Ubos.

Arising out of preliminary investigations led by the Inspectorate of Government into allegations of victimisation, conflict of interest and corruption at Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the Inspectorate of Government has directed me to interdict/suspend you immediately, Kasaija wrote.

He added: “The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to interdict you with immediate effect from the duties and functions of your office as directed and in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Public Standing Orders 2010.”

The letters bars Dr Mukiza from accessing office or travelling out of the country unless authorised by him, blocked him from handling any work or assignment related to Ubos, asked him to surrender all official property in his possession and placed him on half pay.

Dr Imelda Atai Musana, the substantive Ubos deputy executive director, in the interim will superintend the agency.

Dr Atai after her designation as acting executive director on October 29, started by interdicting the head of Internal Audit, David Ochieng, and the acting manager of Finance and Administration, Florence Obiru.

The principal accountant Charles Waibi and the senior internal auditor Alex Nkerewe were assigned the responsibilities of acting head of the Finance and Administration and head of Department of Internal Audit, respectively.

Corporate services director Vitus Mulindwa will oversee the Department of Risk and Compliance Management.

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