President Museveni has directed the transfer of Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, Chimp Corps report.
“The appoirning authority has directed that you be transferred from Ministry of Gender, Laboir and Social Development to the Judiciary as Secretary to the Judiciary with immediate effect,” said Head of Public Service Dr John Mitala in a letter dated July 26, 2019.
The development comes against the backdrop of a corruption scandal at the judiciary.
Officials at the Ministry of Finance said judiciary is in a mess with staff failing to get payments.
“The operations of the judiciary are in a mess,” said a source, adding, “Bigirimana has been sent to clean up.”
As of last night, Bigirimana had been put on the Judiciary’s financial management system to handle its transactions.
Contacted, Bigirimana thanked Museveni for “the trust he has bestowed in me.”
Mitala told Bigirimana that “on receipt of this letter, prepare to hand over your office with exhausting regulations and report to your new station without delay.”
Bigirimana told ChimpReports on Friday that, “I am ready to work and are moving to the judiciary today.”
Bigirimana, who since 2013 has been serving as PS at the Gender Ministry, replaces Kagole Kivumbi as the Judiciary Secretary, who is being sent on a forced leave.
Mr Kivumbi this morning wrote to the Judiciary’s Commissioner Human Rights Dr Opio Okiror asking him to take over his office in the interim as Bigirimana prepares to come in.
Kivumbi in the past weeks became a focal point of a series of investigations pertaining to corruption inside this branch of government.
The Judiciary is being probed both by Parliament and the Police on corruption allegations raised by the Auditor General, among them claims of irregular advances of up Shs 32bn that is said to have been paid to judicial staff personal accounts.
Mr Kivumbi himself is said to have stolen Shs 800m from the Judiciary, which money was meant for transport purposes.
“They have also dipped hands in bail money and security bonds… I can tell you nobody will lie,” said Nathan Nandala Mafabi who heads the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Parliament at the start of this month invited Police’s Criminal Investigations Department led by Grace Akullo to help gather information pertaining Judiciary’s mischarged expenditures as cited by Attorney General (AG) John Muwanga’s June 2018 audit report.
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.