Crime & Investigation

Fort Portal Officials Sell Municipality Lorry at shs 3m

Fort Portal Municipality commercial officer, information pills Michael Karwani and two others have been arrested and detained at Fort Portal police station for allegedly forging official documents and council minutes.

The others are Clovice Mugasa, treat the town’s agent and Paul Mugambwa a Court Bailiff and resident of Rwengoma C in Western division.

Mugambwa was picked from his home Wednesday afternoon by the police while Mugasa and Karwani were detained when they reported to make statements at the police station on Thursday following summons.

According to Rwenzori region Police Publicist, Bakari Bashir Muga, they were netted for allegedly forging documents in order to sell off two vehicles belonging to the Municipality.

According to police findings, in 2010, the council reported that two vehicles, a Lorry Reg No LG 0054/14 and a Double Cabin Reg No UG 0637/M, were rotting at St. Joseph’s Technical Institute garage after the Municipality had failed to repair them.

However, the findings also reveal that Karwani, who was at the time working as Acting Town Clerk together with Mugisa forged the minutes and indicated that Council had resolved to sell the two vehicles to raise shs2.6m to pay the Institute’s staff.

The duo gave the forged documents to the court bailiff (Mugambwa) who went with a buyer and took the lorry from St. Joseph’s Technical Institute management after presenting the documents on Sunday night.

The Lorry was sold at shs3.1m and the officials were reportedly planning to sell the double cabin as well.


Their arrest followed a complaint lodged by the municipality mayor Edison Asaba Ruyonga stating that the two vehicles were missing from the garage.

According to Bakari Muga, the trio now detained at Fort Portal police will lead the investigations team to Kampala to recover the sold lorry.

They face charges of forgery, abuse of office and theft of the vehicles.

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