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Kibuku district officials arrested over over corruption

KIBUBU, April 15, 2024 – The State House Anti-Corruption Unit [SHACU], and Uganda Police days ago arrested three Kibuku district officials for causing the district a financial loss of Shs 21 million.

The officials are Christopher Wamika, 52, the District Education Officer, Stephen Otem, 52, the District Inspector of Schools, and Leticia Nabirye, 42, Senior Inspector of Schools.

Mariam Natasha Oduka, Spokesperson for SHACU confirmed the arrest of the suspects.

“They were arrested following complaints from teachers who claimed that the funds allocated for 2022 co-curricular activities had been misappropriated,” Oduka said.

She said the suspects appeared before Abubaker Mantama, the Grade I Magistrate of Kibuku, and were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. They denied the charges and were remanded to Budaka government prison.

The prosecution alleges that in September 2022, at the Kibuku district headquarters, the accused conspired to commit a felony by falsely accounting for Shs 21.7mln.

Oduka further said that they contacted various head teachers who admitted to paying the capitation, licensing, and Education Management Information System [EMIS] money to the Senior Inspector of Schools.

She added that they obtained vouchers from the Chief Finance Officer Kibuku district for requisitions made by Otem, for music, dance, and drama in Kyotera worth Shs 21mln.

However, the school denied any knowledge of these funds.

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