MBARARA – The Inspectorate of Government – IGG’s office arrested a total of 52 Chief Adminsitrative Offficers – CAOs last year, Beti Olive Kamya has revealed.
She explained that the affected CAOs were interdicted and charged with among others embezzlement of funds, abuse of office, and uttering of false documents.
She disclosed that some of the CAOs confessed to the syndicate corruption, noting that their superiors had asked them to send them money but none could table any proof to support their claims. Kamya revealed this in the Ntungamo district during on-spot visits to health facilities where she sensitized the community on whistle-blowing against corruption.
She warned CAOs against being used by top public officers in different ministries and departments to misappropriate funds sent to them to implement government projects.
Dunstan Balaba, the Chairperson of the Chief Administrative Officers Forum said he wasn’t aware of the CAOs involved in corruption syndicate. He however said implicated officers should be arrested in case they exist.
The warning comes a few days after the Obongi CAO, Andrew Leru had reimbursed Ugx30.6m he illegally had taken from the Parish Development Model -PDM program. The money was meant to benefit some groups under the program.