Police have confirmed summoning Mukono district technical and political leaders to record statements on allegations of corruption and abuse of office. The investigation focuses on Elizabeth Namanda and eight other officials, who began reporting to the Regional Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) Headquarters at Kampala Metropolitan East on Jinja Road last Friday to record statements.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango, a general inquiry file was opened to investigate several cases, including embezzlement, causing financial loss, and abuse of office. “The CAO has also made counter-accusations of computer misuse against some individuals, including councillors. They are still recording statements,” Onyango confirmed.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is accused alongside the District Internal Auditor, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Council Clerk, the District Speaker, and members of the District Executive Committee. Among those summoned on cases of computer misuse is Samuel Odongo, the councillor representing Nama Sub County in the district.

In a conversation, Odongo confirmed reporting to the police on Monday to record his statement. He claims the charges against him are intended to thwart his mission to fight corruption. Odongo presented evidence to the police indicating that the CAO distributed 520,000 shillings among 43 councillors to secure approval for a district budget in May. However, the source of this money remains unknown. 

“I received the money and declined to withdraw it from the account. I have asked the CAO to direct me to an alternative account to deposit the said money, but she has declined my request,” Odongo stated.

Another councillor, Bernard Ssempaka, representing Nakifuma-Naggalama Town Council, also confirmed receiving 520,000 shillings and later 640,000 shillings for two sitting allowances in his account despite being suspended from the council. 

“I was suspended from the council for posting on my social media account that there was a plot by the CAO and the speaker to bribe councillors. I was surprised to receive allowances for two sittings, as a suspended person is not entitled to receive allowances,” Ssempaka noted.

Other issues highlighted for police investigation include the failure to remit 75% of the property tax collected by the town council and 25% of revenue from other lower local governments. Efforts to speak to the CAO about the allegations were unsuccessful. Upon visiting her office, Namanda instructed her secretary to inform media representatives that she is unwilling to comment on the matter.

However, the district speaker, Betty Hope Nakasi, stated that the money distributed to the councillors’ accounts has always been given out to councillors to monitor activities at the end of each financial year. She confirmed being summoned to record a statement at Jinja Road and is yet to appear.

The district chairperson, Rev. Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, confirmed recording a statement on the same matter but declined to reveal details, citing the need to avoid disrupting investigations.


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