- June 23, 2021
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Four Ministry Of Education Officials Charged With Corruption
Four Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports have been arraigned before the Anticorruption Court in Kololo-Kampala for their in role conspiring to defraud one Nsimbe Zizinga Robert of UGX 228 million, 10 percent of the contract sum for the construction of a facility at Nyamitanga Vocational Technical Institute.
These include Lubinga Edward an Architectural Assistant who is alleged to have demanded a bribe of UGX 50 Million and received UGX 25 Million for himself from Nsimbe Zizinga Robert to conduct due diligence on his company (Synergy Enterprises Ltd) and recommend it for contract award.
While, Doreen Matovu Lwanga a Civil Engineer and appointed Contract Manager of the Uganda Skills Development Project Bushenyi Cluster, is alleged to have irregularly issued variant contract terms and specifications to the contractor without following the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) Laws and contract agreement. This frustrated and stalled the construction work at Nyamitanga Technical Institute.
It is further alleged that Doreen Lwanga corruptly neglected her duty to inspect and approve the materials at the sites before the commencement of work thereby compromising the quality of construction.
The other accused officials are Hajji Nsubuga Abdul, the Project Coordinator and Solomon Kaigia, the Quantity Surveyor.
The accused persons appeared before the Principal Magistrate Grade One, Moses Nabende and denied charges of Corruption, Abuse of Office and Conspiracy to defraud.
However, Prosecution’s Harriet Angom informed the Court that investigations, in this case, are almost complete. She adds that the investigations have been hampered by the Nationwide lockdown.
The group was arrested by the State House Anticorruption Unit led by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema with UGX 120 million. At the time of their arrest, they were still pressurizing the contractor to pay the balance.
Magistrate Nabende granted them bail with orders for Lubinga Edward to pay UGX 4 million, Doreen Matovu Lwanga UGX 2 Million, then Hajji Nsubuga Abdul and Solomon Kaigia to pay UGX 1.5 Million cash bail before leaving custody. Their Sureties are to sign a non-cash bond of UGX 50 Million and ensure that the accused persons report back to Court on 4th August 2021.