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Kitagwenda District Chairman Dragged to DPP Over Forgery

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has been called to look into circumstances under which one Robert Mugabe, was recently elected the interim chairperson of the new Kitagwenda District.

The 35-year-old was last month elected to head the new district, that was curved out of Kamwenge and commenced operations this Financial Year.

Mugabe was elected unopposed by the 10 councillors from the 6 sub counties that make up the new district.

Previously, he had been representing Nyabani Sub County in the old Kamwenge district council.

However, his rise to the top position in the new district is believed to have been lined with multiple cases of forgery and bribery.

Guma Gumisiriza, (not MP), a concerned citizen from the area, who rushed this matter to the DPP, claims Mr Mugabe was wrongfully elected district chairman, since he was wrongfully elected Councillor Nyabani Sub County back in 2016.

Guma says Mugabe joined elective politics without formally resigning his position in civil service.

Before becoming councillor, Mugabe was working as a Stores Assistant at Kyarusozi Health Center in neighbouring Kyenjojo District.

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Later on he was promoted to Assistant Inventory Management Officer and put on a U5Upper Salary.

Kyenjonjo Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mr Samuel Ruhweza confirms that Mugabe never formerly resigned from the district and that to this date he is still receiving salary from the district.

The CAO says in 2016, Mugabe only applied to his office, seeking a 3-year paid study leave to pursue a degree in Procumbent and Supplies Chain Management at Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara.

But instead of going to school, Mugabe instead went Nyabani in Kamwenge District where he run and was successfully elected district councillor.

He was also elected the District Speaker.

Mugabe, when reached by this reporter on Monday, denied ever working as a civil servant before joining politics.

“I don’t know anything about what you are saying. I have never worked in Kyenjonjo,” he said.

“I am a journalist like you, I have been working on Endigito Fm in Mbarara. Now I am in office as the district chairman.”

Bribery

Guma says since 2017, he has made several petitions to police and other authorities but through bribery, Mugabe has managed to stay on top of these investigations.

He claims his initial police case file was mismanaged by one Alfred Akanwkwasa, the OC CID Kamwenge, who he described as “uncooperative.”

Guma says he decided to take up the matter to the regional (Rwenzori) CID office in Fort Portal, who investigated the file and sent it to the State Attorney back in Kamwenge district.

He claims however, that Mr Mugabe, with support from former area MP Nuul Byamukama last month stormed the State Attorney’s Office and bribed him.

Mugabe on the other hand denies these accusations, saying he’s never been to the State Attorney’s Office.

Guma in his petition, now wants the DPP to “intervene and revisit the case with a view or prosecuting the suspect in order for justice to prevail and to save tax payers’ money.”

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