Works Engineer Held Over Sh6B Illicit Enrichment

Works engineer held over sh6b illicit enrichment
Appeared in The New Visionon 09 Jul 2019

It is alleged that in 2015, Katongole was in possession of property valued at sh6.2b “which was disproportionate to his income, past known sources of income and assets.”

Eng. Umar Katongole, the principal engineer in the Ministry of Works and Transport, has been arrested on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering.

Katongole is facing the charges jointly with Hawah Sengendo alias Kawa Bitone, the senior community development officer of Wobulenzi town council, Luwero district, according to statement issued by the Inspectorate of Government.

It is alleged that in 2015, Katongole was in possession of property valued at sh6.2b “which was disproportionate to his income, past known sources of income and assets.”

It is further alleged that Katongole, on August 25, 2015, for purposes of disguising the illicit origin of the properties, transferred them to Darkins Uganda Limited “knowing or having reason to believe that such properties are proceeds of crime.”

It is also alleged that Katongole and Sengendo between April 4, 2011 to August 6, 2015 at Tropical Bank Limited main branch in Kampala deposited sh2.8b on account No.0010102561 “for purpose of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of funds, knowing or having reasons to believe that the said funds were proceeds of crime.”