Local Govt Ministry Investigates Kabarole CAO

The Ministry for Local Government has commenced investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement against Kabarole district Chief Administrative Officer Juma Nyende.

The investigations come six months after district councilors accused Nyende of mismanaging district funds.

Last month, the six councilors including Prosper Businge, Joseph Mashuhuko, Joram Bintamanya, Richard Nyakaana, John Kyaligonza and Faith Nyakairu petitioned the ministry to investigate Nyende and demanded that he be transferred.

In the petition, the councilors accuse Nyende of embezzling 100 million shillings meant for the architectural design of Fort Portal Municipal stadium and failing to implement the district council resolutions which they said had affected service delivery.

In a letter dated April 9th 2013, Adolf Mwesige, the Minster for Local Government, appointed Koma Steven, the principal inspector in the ministry to lead the investigations.

On Monday this week, Koma and a team of three people from the ministry were in Fort Portal to start the investigations.

During their stay in Fort Portal, they interviewed CAO Nyende, and other district leaders including Richard Rwabuhinga, the LC5 Chairperson and Clovis Mugabo, the Kabarole district council speaker among others. The team also interviewed the six petitioners.

In a telephone interview, Koma told Red pepper online that the investigation report will be presented to the Minister in three weeks time.

Koma says that the team interviewed the district chairperson and technical staff because the petitioners alleged that they connived with the CAO to mismanage district funds.

Other allegations against Nyende include failing to account for 22 million shillings under the HASP project which was funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) for the purchase of motorcycles for district extension workers. Also mentioned is the alleged mismanagement of 7 million shillings meant to repair a district tractor and the illegal hiring of the district road unit to Ntoroko district local government.

The councilors also accuse Nyende of failing to supervise and monitor technical staff to ensure that they set performance targets for each financial year, which they claim has affected service delivery in the district.

The office of the CAO has in the past been embroiled in allegations of embezzlement of district funds.

Nyende’s predecessor, Solomon Kalibwani Musoke, was in 2010 arrested and remanded to Katojo government prison in Fort Portal on allegations of embezzling 30 million shillings. The money was meant for the construction of gravity water flow schemes in Kasenda and Ruteete Sub County.

Kalibwani was also accused of withdrawing 27 million shillings from the district account in Stanbic Bank Fort Portal Branch and failed to account for the money.

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