Seven Kikuube district officials who were arrested for alleged corruption and abuse of office have been released on police bond.
The officials are Flavia Nabwire, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Emmy Arinaitwe, the District Engineer, Julian Kusiima, the Chief Finance Officer, Moses Irumba, the district internal officer and Nicholas Kwikiriza, the District Health Officer.
The others are Deogratius Byakagaba, the district Education officer and Hillary Agondeze, the district water Engineer.
They were arrested on Wednesday on the orders of Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Economic Monitoring in the Office of the President for corruption and negligence of duties.
It is alleged that they failed to supervise the construction of the various government projects that led to shoddy works and loss of taxpayer’s money.
The officials allegedly connived and diverted 1.2 Billion Shillings meant for the construction of the Kikuube district headquarters in 2017. However out of the 1.2 billion shillings, the officials diverted 360 Million Shillings to procure two vehicles, 270 Million Shillings for procurement of land and the balance could not be accounted for by the officials.
It is also alleged that the officials only renovated the old buildings that are currently accommodating the district headquarters instead of constructing new structures.
While monitoring the various government projects in the district, Ogwang further discovered that at Nyairongo Seed School in Kabwoya Sub County, the classroom block that was constructed at 1.8 Billion Shillings had defects before it was commissioned yet the district officials had paid the contractor 98% of the money.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson said that the arrested district officials were released on Thursday evening after they recorded statements.
He however says the officials will be reporting to police as investigations into the alleged corruption and abuse of office cases put against them are ongoing.
The minister also toured education, water and sanitation projects but they were found in an appalling state despite being funded by the government.