Uganda Law Reform Officials Pay Back Shs205M

Uganda law reform officials pay back shs205m
Appeared in The Daily Monitoron 06 Jul 2020

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has recovered at least Shs205 million after a two-year investigation into alleged corruption against suspended top officials at Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC)

The outgoing IGG, Justice Irene Mulyagonja, in a preliminary report issued on January 20, ordered that 13 accused officials including Mr Lucas Omara Abong, the ULRC secretary, to refund up to Shs545.4 million that they allegedly plundered between 2015/16 and 2017/18. The IGG is investigating alleged theft of more than Shs1b in ULRC.

In the preliminary report, Justice Mulyagonja asked the Attorney General, Mr William Byaruhanga, to institute administrative sanctions on the implicated officials and report back to the IGG office within two months.

Ms Munira Ali, the IGG communications officer, told Daily Monitor after the ombudsman’s preliminary report to the Attorney General, that some of the implicated officials refunded Shs205m.

However, Ms Mulyagonja declined to reveal the names of the accused who have since refunded money and how much each has paid.

“I will only give you a block figure of Shs205m that the Inspectorate has so far recovered from those officials. I cannot tell who has paid and who has not because our investigations are still ongoing,” Ms Ali said.

In addition to Mr Abong, other officials implicated in both IGG and Auditor General reports are the ULRC Undersecretary, Mr David Obol, the Senior Accountant, Mr George Atwijukire, the head of Law Reform, Mr Patrick Nyakaana and the Principal Assistant Secretary, Mr Moses Apopel.

Others are: Senior legal officer, Mr Kenneth Rutaremwa, Senior Accounts Assistant, Ms Winnie Tuhaise, Senior accountant officer, Mr Leonard Baguma and Senior Accounts Assistant, Mr Sam Lwanga, Senior Economist Mr James Musaazi, human resource officer, Ms Barbara Irakiza, Assistant Commissioner for Law Reform Ms Jeroline Akubu and Internal Auditor Mr Isah Mayanja.