IGG pins Parliament bosses in embezzlement of Shs 100 million

An investigation by the Inspector General of Government  (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja into alleged corruption at Parliament has pinned two senior bosses in the misuse of about Shs 100 million.

In an August 8 letter to the Clerk of Parliament, Jane Kibirige, the IGG implicates Emmauel Bakwega, the director of clerks and his deputy, Paul Wabwire of drawing more than Shs 99 million as facilitation for them to attend trainings in Kigali and London between December 2015 and June 2016 which they never attended.

“The duo failed to produce evidence of attending the seminar. Information obtained from Wilton Park [UK] through the British High Commission and from its website shows that the seminar actually took place in February 2015 not June 2016 as indicated by Bakwega and Wabwire,” Mulyagonja wrote.

The IGG also discovered that the two officials were never invited by Wilton Park.

They also failed to produce evidence of having attended the training in Kigali much as the Clerk to the East African Legislative Assembly Kenneth Madete defended them as having attended.

The investigation was a result of a complaint against Bakwega and Chris Obore, the director of Communications and Public Affairs at Parliament.

Obore was accused of irregular procurement of a camera at Shs 140 million and a camera stand at Shs 3.4 million in June 2015.

Obore was found to be innocent since he joined Parliament after the procurement of the professional heavy-duty camera and camera stand had been concluded.

The IGG instead pinned Julian Kaganzi, the Chief Procurement Officer and Patrick Lassu, a senior procurement officer for failure of doing due diligence from the user department regarding the specifications of the camera and its stand.

The IGG discovered that M/S MTA Computer Limited who were contracted to supply the camera delivered it in bits and pieces with some components like a lens missing.

This led to arguments and misunderstandings between the procurement department and user department eventually leading to the substitution of the lens with a tripod stand.

The two staffs of Parliament; Sam Bosio, an assistant inventory manager, and Barbara Nabitaka, a public affairs officer who were entangled in this procurement controversy have been recommended for dismissal.

“The clerk of parliament should submit Bosio Sam, the assistant Inventory Management officer, and  Barbra Nabitaka, public affairs officer to the parliamentary commission to consider relieving them of their duties for misleading accounts unit to pay for the camera stand before it was delivered,” the IGG wrote.