The State house Anti- Corruption Unit has revealed that it has managed to track over 250 billion shillings in its monetary investigations that was reportedly stolen from government and so far Shs 23 billion has been recovered and returned to government coffers and victims of corrupt officials.
This revelation was made by the head of the Unit Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema on Monday while releasing its second performance report since its inception in 2018.
According to her, this year’s investigations focused on financial losses in government institutions, statutory organizations and private agencies that fleeced Ugandans of billions of money.
In the breakdown of notable achievements of this unit, Lt. Col Nakalema pointed out that her team was able to save 8.6 billion from the inflated figures of Covid-19 relief food.
This followed a directive from the President that the unit investigates the office of the Prime minister on government’s Covid-19 response relating to fraudulent procurement of relief food supplies such as alleged inflation of prices for food that was to be distributed to the vulnerable.
Police investigations into this case led to the arrest and charging of the Permanent Secretary, Accounting Officer and two Commissioners.
Another 3.6 billion shillings was also recovered from Bukasa inland port project and 1 billion from Labor externalization companies that had fleeced vulnerable youths promising them jobs in the United Arab
Further, the unit shades a spotlight on cash connivances between government agencies and private investors, statutory bodies, local governments and private investors.
A total of 36 operations were conducted country wide from over sixty thousand complaints received through the Unit’s call center and whistleblowers.
240 suspects were arrested among which 76 cases were forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and 24 people got convicted and sentenced to prison.
Nakalema attributed these achievements to the Unit’s liaison with other agencies such as Inspectorate of Government(IGG), Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) and Uganda Police together with its sister security agencies.
She said this smooth coordination between agencies has led to the arrest of senior government officials and their juniors from across the country and urged for more cooperation.
“I have been privileged to have a trinity of sectors that has helped us greatly in our quick response. I will continue to work to ensure that this coordination between these agencies is maintained so as to prosecute corruption perpetrators as fast as possible,” she said.