By Spy Uganda
The State House Anti-Corruption Unit in liaison with Police have arraigned Ateng Francis, the former Principal Assistant Secretary Lira, Ministry of Lands Zonal Office on charges of fraudulent procurement of certificate of title, forgery and uttering a false document on Uganda Railways Cooperation land in Lira.
Francis is charged with three others who are still at large.
The investigation followed a directive issued earlier this year by President Museveni to the unit to investigate corruption-related allegations at Uganda Railways Corporation.
Upon conclusion of the investigations by the Unit and submission of a report to H.E the President, in a letter dated 3rd October 2022, the President directed among others that all people who were behind the attempt to steal Uganda Railways Corporation’s land in Lira be prosecuted. Now Ateng has been remanded.
State House Anti Corruption Unit has registered a huge success against corruption and has been able to recover over UGX30 billion in taxpayers’ money through prosecutions, and other measures used to compel corrupt officials to refund embezzled public funds.
The Unit has so far investigated different public servants for graft, including members of parliament, accounting officers, security personnel, and directors of several government agencies and commissions among other Gov’t big fish.
In addition to the above, the Unit has also ensured the safe return of over 600 Ugandans stranded after being trafficked to Arab countries.
It has also conclusively investigated over 10,000 cases and interdicted over 200 government workers from public offices. SH-ACU was established under Article 99(4) of the constitution of Uganda, which gives the President executive powers to either directly or indirectly perform his duties or through officers subordinate to him.
Launched on 10th December 2018, SH-ACU coordinates with all constitutionally mandated agencies to ensure that complaints raised by citizens are resolved. The Unit also acts as a link between H.E. the President, citizens, and Anti- Corruption agencies in relation to Anti-Corruption issues.