Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson, has written to Judiciary seeking their cooperation in ongoing investigations into alleged acts of corruption by its officers.
In a letter released today, Mafabi requests judicial accounting officers to provide police officers D/SGT Nathan Tumusiriza and D/AIP Micheal Olwoch with critical information to help in investigating the “irregular advance of Shs 32bn to judicial staff personal accounts.”
Mafabi wants a list of staff and their personal bank accounts; evidence of work done by officers; accountabilities amounting to Shs 800m allegedly returned to chief accounting officer Kagole Kivumbi.
This money is said to have initially been earmarked for transport purposes.
PAC also wants accountability for Shs 841.6m retained at the end of the 2017/2018 financial year as well as personal statements from the accounting officer.
This letter comes hot on the heels of ongoing investigations into fund diversion amounting to Shs 34 billion which started this Monday.
While speaking today to ChimpReports, Mafabi who also doubles as Budadiri West MP, called for calm, saying the probe is on course.
“Out of the 147 accounts that we have, we are going to identify more things. Not only that, they have dipped hands in bail money and security bonds… I can tell you nobody will lie,” Mafabi assured the public.
Manifestations of judicial corruption seem to be at their worst in Uganda’s judiciary.
Judiciary is constantly accused by the public, including President Museveni, of being one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.
But the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe has previously spoken out against corruption, urging people to report culprits for action.
Judiciary is already under fire over expenditure of Shs 400 on two flush toilets.