UGANDA, Hoima | Real Muloodi News | Four officials from the Hoima City Service Commission have been arrested on charges of abuse of office and forgery.
The arrested individuals include Mr Amir Nsamo, the Chairperson of the Service Commission, Mr Ahamad Mugisa, the Principal Assistant Town Clerk, and Mr Donald Bategeka and Mr Ibrahim Bigabwa, both members of the commission.
The arrests were made on Monday 29th May 2023 by detectives from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit. While the Albertine Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Julius Hakiza, confirmed the arrests, he refrained from providing further details.
The suspects have been transferred to Kampala to face charges before the Anti-Corruption Court, as stated by Ms Mariam Natasha, the Senior Communications Officer at the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.
She explained that the officials stand accused of abusing their office and tampering with the results of recently conducted interviews for various vacant positions in Hoima City.
The city authorities had recently advertised vacancies for teachers, health workers, law enforcement officers, and other positions. This is not the first instance of Hoima City officials facing allegations of abuse of office and corruption.
In March of this year, three staff members of the Hoima City Council were arrested and detained at Hoima City Central Police Station on charges of abuse of office.
The arrested officials included Mr Ahimbisibwe, the Hoima City Clerk, Mr Bonaventure Kiiza, the City Engineer, and Mr Geoffrey Muhumuza, the Physical Planner.
They were accused of approving a plan for constructing a building on a condemned site.
According to reports, the officials had approved the construction of a multi-story building on the condemned Cadam building along Old-Tooro Road in Hoima City in April 2022.
Subsequently, an inspection conducted by a team from the National Building Review Board (NBRB), led by Mr Jafar Magezi, exposed several irregularities.
Complaints from Hoima City residents prompted the inspection, which revealed that the developer had failed to submit the required structural drawings to the Building Committee, in violation of regulations.
The team also discovered the use of deteriorated construction materials, such as rusted and weak iron bars, by the contractor.
The legal proceedings and investigations will shed further light on the alleged misconduct.
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