The head of Anti Corruption Unit in State House Lt Col Edith Nakalema last night swung into action and arrested Dr Anthony Ntate the acting Executive Director of National Animal Genetic Resources Center & Data Bank (NAGRIC) after obtaining credible information that he was involved in shs 240M Fraud.
Well-placed sources say Dr. Anthony Ntate is currently held at Central Police Station CPS Kampala pending his trial in Anti Corruption Court any time.
Investigators at Col Nakalema’s office told spyreports that Dr Ntate’s arrest arises from the petition that was raised by one Edison Naijuka claiming conflict of interest in procurement matter.
The petitioner says, while Ntate served as Deputy Production Manager and Chairperson Contracts Committee, used his position to operate as Procurement Officer.
“He influenced recruitment and sourcing of own brothers companies so as to pass his deals easily,” Naijuka narrated in his petition to Nakalema
He added Ntate awarded contracts to Cardino Partners Consult Ltd and Balix Imports & Exports Ltd, which belong to Joseph Balironda who is closely related to him.
To this, the petitioner wrote, Ntate awarded contract of supplying fencing poles to his brother’s companies without declaring conflict of interest.
One of these contracts, according to the petitioner, is contained under reference number NAGRC/SUPLS/18-19/00001 with call off order number P00002 dated November 9, 2018. The supply was worth Shillings 241, 917, 700 million.
It is after this deals that the petitioner, through, Credo and Co. Advocates rushed to Nakalema and reported a corruption matter and this should explain Ntate’s arrest and detention on charges of corruption and abuse of office.