OPM PS Guwatudde, Accountants Arrested For Inflating COVID-19 Relief Food Prices

OPM PS Guwatudde, Accountants Arrested For Inflating COVID-19 Relief Food Prices

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By Spy Uganda

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Chritine Guwatudde Kintu, has been arrested together with the Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management Martin Owor, over allegations that the were inflating prices  for COVID-19 food and other relief items.

PS Guwatudde, Commissioner Owor and others were rounded up on Wednesday by a team from State House Anti-Corruption Taskforce headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema.

After their arrest, Lt. Col. Nakalema on Thursday released a statement saying thus; “On Wednesday 8th April 2020,  following a directive by His Excellency the President of Uganda, General Yoweri Museveni, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit under Article 99(4) of the Constitution of Uganda, in liaison with the Criminal Investigation Directorate acting under Article  120 (3) (a), carried out a special investigation in the Office of  the Prime Minister.

Statement from Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema about the arrest of OPM officials

Preliminary findings have established that the accounting officers in the Office of the Prime Minister  were inflating prices and   rejecting lower price offers from various suppliers of maize flour and beans.

In this regard, the Permanent Secretary Ms Christine Guwatudde Kintu, the Accounting Officer, Mr Fred Lutimba, and the Commissioner Disaster Management Mr Martin Owor have all been arrested to help with the ongoing investigation. Further updates will be provided in due course.”

Nakalema’s statement however doesn’t indicate what charges, if any, have been preferred against the suspects and the police are yet to issue a statement about the matter.

We shall likewise keep you updated about this developing story.

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