9 July 2019

Uganda: IGG Arrests Government Officials Over Illicit Enrichment

Kampala — A senior engineer in the Ministry of Works and a senior district official have been arrested on orders of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) over alleged fraud in connection with owning property disproportionate to their income.

Mr Umar Katongole, a principal engineer was arrested jointly with Sengendo Hawah also known Kawa Bitone, a Senior Community Development Officer in Wobulenzi Town Council in Luwero District on Monday.

According to a press statement released today [Tuesday] by the IGG, Mr Katongole and Sengendo will today be arraigned in the Anti-Corruption Court at Kololo over corruption related charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering.

It is alleged that in 2015, Mr Katongole being a station engineer at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was in control and possession of property comprised of five untitled plots at Kabowa, Lusaka Zone, Makindye; six others at Ziranumbu whose total value was established to be Shs6.28 billion which was disproportionate to his income, past known sources of income and assets whose sum for duration 2008-2015 was established by the IGG to be Shs316.8 million.

It is alleged that between September 3 and 7, 2015 in Kampala, Mr Katongole transferred three plots to Darkins Uganda Limited for purposes of disguising the illicit origin of properties knowing or having reason to believe that such properties are proceeds of crime.

The IGG contends that between April 4 and August 11, 2015 at Tropical Bank main branch in Kampala, Mr Katongole and Sengendo deposited Shs2.849 billion for purposes of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of funds, knowing or having reason to believe that the said funds were proceeds of crime.

The IGG alleges that on August 25, 2015 in Kampala District, Mr Katongole transferred four plots of land at Wakiso to Darkins Uganda Limited for purposes of disguising the illicit origin, knowing or having reason to believe that such properties are proceeds of crime.

According to the statement, on June 27, 2015 at Tropical Bank Main Branch in Kampala, Sengendo withdrew Shs380 million from a joint account held with Mr Katongole and transferred it to another account he solely operated in the same bank.

The state alleges that on July 13, 2015, Sengendo deposited a total of Shs466 million to his account for purposes of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of funds having a reasons to believe that the said funds are proceeds of crime.

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