Allen Kagina Defies IGG’s Orders, Refuses To Suspend 3 UNRA Directors Under Corruption Probe

Executive director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina has turned to the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to be lenient and save her 3 directors who are mostly likely to lose their jobs due to infighting within the authority and the line ministry.
According to letter seen by this investigative website written by UNRA’s Allen Kagina pleads with lady justice Iren Mulyagonja to save her 3 directors who are under investigation by IGG’s office on charges of Corruption and abuse office.
Those who are under probe are legal director Mary Kamuli Kuteesa, Moses Kasakya Director Internal Audit and John Ongimu Omeke director Procurement.
Kagina in letter says, “Chairman Board of directors are on my neck to know the status of UNRA staff that are under investigation by IGG, they might lose their contract if they are not helped”.
IGG wants UNRA Executive Director, Kagina to take action on Mary Kuteesa, Kasakya and Ongimu within 30 days and that they should leave office to pave away for proper investigation.
When contacted spokesperson of IGG Ali Munira confirmed the investigation of these 3 UNRA directors.
Munira noted that, “it’s true we are investigating them but UNRA executive director refused to suspend them”.
According to whistleblowers report seen by this investigative website, Kuteesa serves as a member of the contracts committee of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) which serves a conflict of interest.
She reportedly connived with other members and awarded Chinese company called CICO and got contract.
She also influenced the board and is faulted for not disclosing her husband’s relationship with certain Chinese construction firms which do business with UNRA.
It was also alleged that her presence on the contracts committee is a disadvantage to other companies which are eliminated from procurement process without any justifiable reasons and biases the procurement process of the whole UNRA organization.
The letter also states that Kutesa’s husband through his law firm Arcodco and Co. Advocates and represents Chinese construction companies like China Wuyi, China Communications, which information was not disclosed to the board.
“The purpose of this letter is to request you to take appropriate action into the matter above and report to this office in 30 days from now,” the IGG directed

Ochola Finally Fires CPS Traffic Boss ASP Julius Luyima

Police chief Martin Okoth Ochola has finally sacked the officer in charge of traffic at Kampala CPS ASP Julius Luyima following public outcry about corruption and extortion carried out by traffic officers while conducting operations in the city.
Luyima’s sacking comes just few days after Ochola instituted a team of investigators from Police Professional Standards Unit to probe him and other traffic officers who have been accused of carrying operations with the aim of extorting from motorists.
According to a police message, Luyima will now be operating 210.7km in Masindi district away from Kampala city.
He has been replaced by ASP Joy Zilamuke from Masindi.
Luyima has been fired alongside ASP Israel Wambetsyo the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan traffic commander in charge of operations.
There has been public outcry about Luyima arresting thousands of boda boda riders weekly only to be extorted using his middlemen while a few are given express penalties to pay in bank while the poor end in courts.
It is reported that ever since president Museveni ordered for a crackdown on reckless boda boda riders, Luyima and others used it as an opportunity to reap from the suspects.
It was against this background that IGP  Ochola stopped further crack down on boda bodas after being informed that some traffic officers had turned it into their daily source of income through arresting riders and getting money from them in order to be set free.
“IGP received some complaints from several members of the public and from boda boda industry that some traffic officers and other people connected to officers have accumulated a lot of wealth from these operations,” says a source.
It is reported that Ochola has in possession a list of all traffic officers from KMP who have extorted millions of shilling through these operations.
“Some officers have built houses while others bought expensive cars in not later than five months. We want those officers to be investigated where they got the money,” a petition to IGP reads in part.
Sources added that people informed the IGP that most extortion is conducted at Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala and Katwe Police Station where most suspects are detained.
“IGP i want to inform you that ASP Luyima Julius who heads traffic at CPS Kampala arrests more than 200 boda boda riders daily and not more than 40 are taken to courts of law,” another person was quoted as telling IGP Ochola.
Sources added that ASP Luyima allegedly formed his squad which extorts money from riders before their motor cycles are released.
“After Luyima brings suspects from the field, his team camps in room 35 where the suspects are taken for statement recording and they start demanding between shs 150,000- 200000?= if they want them to be released,” another victim says.
Those who give money to these middle men take release orders to Luyima’s office, signs on them and suspects are released immediately without charge.
“If you are not on Luyima’s team and you go to his office requesting for the release of your motorcycle, he doesn’t give you attention but instead threatens to arrest you”.
“If you want a release of your motor cycle, you have to pass through his agents who are always staged in the canteen of CPS disguising as workers while others moves around traffic offices”.
Another victim says “My brother was arrested in boda boda operations and was taken to CPS Kampala, when i went to plead for him. I was sent to Luyima’s office and he chased me saying that he will appear in court. When i was till outside his office, i saw people taking release orders to his office and he signed on them and some people were released”.
She added “I asked some people at CPS why some were being released while others not, they told me that if you want your brother to be released, you talk to those people now. I stopped one boy who was putting a white shirt written CPS Canteen i told him to help me have my brother released, he asked to pay shs 200,000 cash which i did not have at hand”.
She further explains that” at around 8:00pm I approached another man in the corridors and asked for help. The man took me to the office of Mr Mutabingwa where I narrated my problems and it was him who called Luyima to release the boy and gave him a receipt to pay to the bank”.
The IGP had also secretly put a team of PSU investigators to investigate ASP Luyima and other traffic officers who were mentioned in the extortion racket.
 

MP Waboya Wanted Over 2.2bn from OPM

Budadiri East County Member of Parliament Vincent Waboya is under investigations over allegations that he swindled money worth shs 2,491,161,000 from the office of the Prime Minister.
Waboya is being charged with abuse of office, theft, corruption among others vide Ref E/438/2012 of CID headquarters in kibuli.
According to sources at CID headquarters in Kibuli Waboya swindled the said money in 2009 while he was working in the office of the prime Minister as Principal Disaster Preparedness officer and Desk officer Mine action program.
The said money was meant for community awareness program, an exploded ordinance risk assessment in Lang, Acholi and West Nile sub regions.
Among other activities which were meant for the money were to cover region workshops, attending radio talk shows, conducting the consultative meetings among others which all were supposed to be facilitated by the money he would sign for from the office of the prime Minister.
A source adds that Waboya’s case is among other OPM cases which have come afresh for investigation and that all those who will be implicated will appear in courts of law very soon.
“We overwhelming evidence against Hon Waboya in connection to the case being investigated and the entire acknowledgement receipts paid and money signed in installments all in his names have been retrieved, we have them our files”.
It is reported that over 200 people from different regions have recorded statements with police and all pinning the legislator.
When contacted for a comment, Hon Waboya claimed that those are his political enemies who are trying to tarnish his name by using journalists to blackmail him.
“I don’t have any case with police and if you want to know more, go to auditor’s office”. He said before hanging up on phone.