3 November 2012

Uganda: Three KCCA Officials Interdicted Over Fraud

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials, including a senior consultant, have been interdicted on suspicion of a fraud, in which KCCA lost millions of shillings.

Michael Nsereko, a consultant in the directorate of engineering and technical services, Badru Muyingo and Nyota Mulani, both officials of the directorate of revenue, were interdicted by KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi.

According to sources from Musisi's office, the move followed a letter from the Criminal Investigations Department dated October 19, which linked them to the fraud.

The officials were arrested and interrogated for four days. They were later released on Police bond. A source said the suspects have been linked to the sale of receipts to property owners and approving illegal structural plans.

"Some officials are involved in scams with tycoons to help them evade property rates, which is partly why the authority failed to meet targets in the last quarter.

"Our monitoring team discovered the scam. The network will be rolled out to the nine directorates," the source said.

Jacob Lukambuzi, KCCA's head of monitoring and inspection unit, confirmed the interdiction. "We are investigating many issues.

Soon some officials will lose their jobs," Lukambuzi told New Vision.

This comes after KCCA announced it had registered a sh5b revenue shortfall in the first quarter. KCCA hoped to raise sh14b in local revenue in the first quarter, but only collected sh9b.

In September, former KCCA health director, Mesach Mubiru and Paul Mudanye, a solid waste engineer, were also interdicted for causing a financial loss of sh180m and abuse of office.

The Inspector General of Government is also probing claims of ghost payments by KCCA officials to different individuals and private firms.

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