Senior Uganda Railways Officials Arraigned Before Anti Corruption Court, Charged With Abuse Of Office

Senior Uganda Railways Officials Arraigned Before Anti Corruption Court, Charged With Abuse Of Office

Two senior officials with the Uganda Railways Corporation have been arraigned before the Anti Corruption Court and charged with abuse of office .

The two including Tom Kimera, the senior procurement officer and Maliza Mukembo Tibewolwa, the senior human resource and administration officer were arraigned before the Anti Corruption Court and charges related to abuse of office contrary to section 11(1) of the Anti Corruption Act 2009.

According to Anti Corruption Court, the accused while serving as members of the evaluation Committee irregularly approved Deloitte Uganda Ltd to provide consultancy Services for the recruitment of Ssendegeya Stanley as Managing Director at the Cooperation, an act that caused financial loss to govt.

“During the month of June 2020 at the Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) offices in Kampala, being employed by URC as senior procurement officer, senior legal officer and acting senior human resource and administration officer, and being members of the evaluation committee in respect of procurement reference number URC/CONS/2019/20/00472 , the accused did an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of their employer and the other bidder, to wit, passed/approved Deloitte Uganda Limited as having satisfied the eligibility criteria for provision of consultancy services for recruitment of the managing director of URC, in contravention of the laws and procedures governing procurement of such public services in Uganda,” reads part of  the charge sheet.

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The accused however denied the charges and were remanded until October, 24. The duo is accused together with Amony Opoka Grace, the senior legal officer at Uganda Railways Corporation.

They were arrested by the State House Anti Corruption Unit.

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The State House Anti Corruption Unit (SH-ACU) in one year, 2022, managed to recover Ugx35.484bn from corruption masters of this country, the annual report revealed.

The Unit also managed to arrest and arraign in court over 448 suspects. Among these, courts convicted 70 culprits including government accounting Officers, Executive Officers, managing directors, Secretaries of Commission, CAOs, and Town Clerks.

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.

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Launched on 10th December 2018, SH-ACU coordinates with all constitutionally mandated agencies to ensure a corruption-free country.

The Unit also acts as a link between H.E. the President, citizens, and Anti- Corruption agencies in relation to Anti-Corruption issues.

 

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