Buganda road grade one magistrate Doreen Kalungi has charged and remanded four officials from the Office of the Prime Minster for colliding and inflating prices during procurement of COVID 19 relief food supplies
The officials are Guwatudde Christine Kintu the OPM Permanent Secretary, Wanjala Joel the undersecretary and accounting officer, Owor John Martin the Commissioner in charge of relief, disaster preparedness and management and Lutimba Kyeyune Fred the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Procurement in OPM
The four denied all charges read to them by the magistrate.
The accused through their lawyers before being remanded, wanted to apply for bail, but the court session had to be cut short since the room was filled to capacity without observing social distancing.
Being that investigations in the matter are still underway, they were remanded to Kitalya prison until 4th May 2020
The four are accused of colluding to commit a fraudulent practice contrary to section 95 (a) of Public Procurement and disposal of Public Assets Act 2003 as amended
They were arrested last week by the State House Anti-corruption unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema and have been in police detention.
Its alleged that between 31st March 2020 and 8th April 2020 at the Office of the Prime Minster, the accused colluded to commit a fraudulent practice during procurement of relief for COVID 19 by inflating prices than those offered by suppliers.