UGANDA, Bukwo | Real Muloodi News | The police have arrested four Bukwo District officials over ghost projects under the Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF 3) programme, after they failed to report to Bukwo police station to record a statement. The government lost USh 700 million over these ghost projects.
The Bukwo District officials who were arrested are Catherine Chemutai, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Jonah Chewer, the NUSAF 3 desk officer, Tom Toskin, the commercial officer, and Andrew Bukose, the Chief Finance Officer.
“The arrest of the suspects stemmed from complaints from the public about the non-existent projects under NUSAF 3, which were later confirmed by the Resident District Commissioner and LC V chairperson,” said Samson Lubega, the Bukwo District Police Commander.
“We have them in our custody and we are completing our investigations and taking them to court to answer charges of corruption and embezzlement,” he said.
The arrest comes two weeks after the Bukwo Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza and LC V chairperson Julius Moses Chelimo unearthed 30 ghost projects used to embezzle USh 700 million.
One resident, Grace Chero of Chesower sub-county, has praised the police and other responsible officials for arresting the perpetrators.
She said, “Officials in Bukwo have been used to eating money left and right without being arrested. We thank the RDC, LCV, and police who have taken a bold decision to arrest these officials who thought they were untouchable.”
Another resident, Joseph Cheptegei, commented on the matter, saying, “civil servants are building mansions in Bukwo district, but you don’t know where they get money from.” Joseph wants the government to confiscate the four suspects’ property if found guilty.
The Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF3) is a five-year Social Protection and Affirmative Programme implemented under the Office of the Prime Minister provides effective household income support to vulnerable households and build resilience of the poor in Northern Uganda.
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