By Spy Uganda
Kampala: It’s a moment of panic for former Minister of Presidency Esther Mbayo has been summoned by the Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) over abuse of office, embezzlement and causing financial loss to Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation.
According to the 13th September 2021 police summons, the Luuka Woman Member of Parliament is wanted to the Directorate’s headquarters in Kibuli to make a statement regarding above the allegations.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement and causing financial loss of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) where you were a supervisor of the corporation from 2019 to 2021,” CID’s Twinomujuni Julius said.
The summons further reads, ”This serves as summon to you to appear at CID headquarters Kibuli on 15th September 2021 before Ag. CP Economic Crime and Financial Intelligence for a statement in respect of the said investigation.”
Mbayo is now the second official cited in UPPC embezzlement saga noting that in August this year, TheSpy Uganda exclusively broke the news that Kibuli CID detectives arrested UPPC Managing Director professor Tom Wasswa Davis over allegedly siphoning over Ugx 3billion corporation money, which he stealthily passed on unto himself as commission having brokered a Ugx 9billion printing deal from the electoral commission to gazette for them 2021-2026 electoral roadmap and the legally elected leaders from the 2021 general elections.
UPPC is a public enterprise fully owned by Uganda Government. It was established in 1992 by the UPPC Act, Cap 330. Section 2(2) of the UPPC Act, which provides that, the Corporation shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and may sue or be sued in its corporate name.
The Corporation started out as the Government Printer under the British Colonial Government in 1902, which makes it 119 years old today. In 1962 the department remained under the office of the President, being funded by public funds allocated under the Government printer vote. Its main role at the time was to supply stationary and provide printing and publishing facilities to all Government ministries and departments.