Kadaga Asks Igg To Probe Bugisu Cooperative Union

Kadaga asks igg to probe bugisu cooperative union
Appeared in The Daily Monitoron 28 Feb 2019

Mbale. Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to investigate allegations of corruption against the leadership of Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) led by Budadiri West legislator Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

Ms Kadaga’s request follows a complaint by the BCU petitioners to Parliament on December 4, last year, in which they accused Mr Nandala and his leadership of embezzlement of Shs1.129b, which government allegedly compensated the Union in 2015.

“I write to forward a petition from the BCU petitioners for your perusal and necessary action. I would be glad to receive the progress of the action undertaken, “Ms Kadaga’s January 14 letter reads in part.

The director for communication and public affairs in Parliament, Mr Chris Obore, said he was not aware of the developments.

However, Mr John Wamulugwa, the lead petitioner, said: “We cannot give up until the BCU leadership is investigated because BCU is our engine for social and economic welfare as Bamasaba people,” he said.

But Mr Nandala in his February 16, letter responded to the Speaker, saying the petitioners were the ones behind the mismanagement of the Union from 1995-2008 up to date, adding that the petitioners are working against development of the Union.

Background

In 2010, government suspended the BCU board on allegations that it had falsified the books of accounts. It then appointed a committee to investigate between 2003 and 2010 which failed to release a report.

This prompted the Trade ministry to order another forensic audit in 2013 to look at accounts from 1996 to 2010.The report exonerated Mr Nandala of causing financial loss to the union and he was in 2014 voted back.