The Directorate of CID has charged 5 suspects who are former employees of the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation, (UPPC), to court for causing financial loss and other related conspiracies.
The 5 suspects include; Prof. Wasswa Tom Davis, former Managing Director, Kasekende Mujjuzi Arstraco, former Finance Manager, Kigonya Robert, former Sales Executive Manager, Ahimbisibwe John Baptist, Accountant, and Ayebare Catherine, Assistant Accountant.
”Efforts are in place to trace the 3 other suspects, who are still at large but wanted,” says Enanga, the Uganda Police Spokesperson.
According to Enanga, during the financial years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation, entered into 3 contracts with Electoral Commission for; printing and publishing materials for polling stations for purposes of display of the National Register for the 2020/21 General Elections, Nominating Candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government Elections; and Local Government Council Elections.
As a result, the Electoral Commission transferred to the UPPC an estimated total sum of funds totaling Ugx.15,153,030,709/= (Fifteen billion one hundred fifty-three million, thirty thousand, seven hundred nine shillings), out of which Ugx 2,261,003,034/= was allegedly embezzled.
”Under clause 5.9.4 of the Sales and Marketing Police of UPPC categorized jobs/contracts from Ministries, Government Departments, and Professional Bodies (under which EC falls), was direct procurement that was not commissionable and as such, did not require the services of a Commission Agent/Business Executive and did not attract a charge of 18% of the money paid to UPPC,” says Enanga.
He says the alleged Board resolution, which they claim was passed on 19.12.2019, to alter clause 5.9.4 and introduce an 18% commission of all jobs/contracts from Ministries, Departments, and Professional Bodies were neither filed nor registered with the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB).
”The board, however, went on and appointed a Kigonya Robert, a former Sales Executive Manager, as the business executive for Electoral Commission. The suspects, caused the fraudulent transfer of funds from the UPPC Company Bank Accounts, on 8.07.2020, 21.05.2021, and 28.06.2021 respectively, into his private account which they quickly withdrew and converted to their private use,” says Enanga.
He now says the case file was submitted to the ODPP and charges of causing financial loss C/S 20(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009 (as Amended), dealing with suspect property C/S 21 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009 (as Amended) and conspiracy to defraud C/S 309 of the Penal Code Act, against 8 suspects out of whom 5, were arrested and charged.
”The Directorate of CID in coordination with the DPP and other partners remains committed to identifying, investigating and pursuing all those persons who attempt to enrich themselves through fraudulent means, and will further ensure they are held accountable for their actions,” adds Enanga.
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