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    NITA-U Boss Saka Grilled Over 94 Million

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    The Executive Director of National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) James Saka has been grilled over Shs 94m which was a mischarge on the authority accounts during the financial year 2013/2014.

    Saka together with other officials led by the Board Chairman, James Kabajjo had appeared before the Parliament Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) to respond to a number of Audit queries as noted by the Auditor General.

    A review of NITA-U’s single account cashbook at the treasury revealed that the entity charged wrong expenditure codes to a tune of Shs94, 045, 420.

    Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among, who was chairing the committee meeting asked the officials to avail the committee with a list of accounts that suffered the mischarge as well those that benefited but Saka and team could not readily avail them.

    MP Among asked the NITA-U officials whether the mischarge was approved by the board of directors as well as the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Treasury (PSST) as provided for in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

    In response, Saka said that he is solely responsible for the mischarge since he didn’t get any permission from the board adding that by then the PFMA was not yet in force.

    Saka said the decision was taken due to the fact that some account codes were not allocated sufficient funds during the budgeting process and non-utilization of non-tax revenue.

    The legislators asked whether any disciplinary action was taken by the board against Mr. Saka since he acted without their approval.

    The Board Chairman, Kabajjo noted that he was not in office during the period under audit, however, Saaka, who was a member of the board then said that he was cautioned by the board and since then, no mischarge has ever been carried.

    The Committee Vice Chairperson, Among ruled ordering the officials to avail all the documents of the accounts that suffered the mischarge as well as the caution letter as proof that action was taken against Saaka.

     

    By Stella Mugoya

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    Be Forward Company Directors On Run Over Fraud; Clients Cry Foul After Losing Billions…

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    Be Forward company Managing Director in hot soup over fraud.

    Police in Jinja has in custody the managing director, Caroline Nampeera and her accountant, Annet Nagawa of Be Forward company, a Japanese car importer over fraud.

    This comes after a number of customers decided to ambush the company after losing billions of money to the company.

    Steve Manyire, a client who reported the issue that he has lost over Shs.250 million.

    Manyire noted that he paid money for two trucks and a Range Rover that he says have not been delivered by the company.

    “They have received almost a million US Dollars but none of the people who are complaining has received their cars,” he revealed.

    Manyire insisted that this is an organised fraud and advised would be customers not to pay their money.

    Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango however confirmed the arrest of the two people adding that the directors are currently on the run.

    “The three directors are currently on the run, we are looking for them. We are currently investigating a case of obtaining money by false pretence,” Onyango said.

    He revealed that Mr.Nkeera, one of the directors is said to hiding in the United States while others are on a run.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Embattled NOTU Boss Owere Claims He Was Fired By Drunkards; Petitions Court To Force Him Back In Office…

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    Wilson Owere (L) and Peter Werikhe (R)

    Embattled chairman of the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), Usher Wilson Owere claims that he was impeached by drunkards who acted illegally without following the organisation’s constitution.

    Speaking to theGrapevine, Owere accuses former NOTU Secretary General Peter Werikhe of facilitating the buying of alcohol and drugs to influence the minds and intelligence of the delegates who committed illegalities.

    He insists that the reason why Werikhe was panicking and fighting to make sure that he is forced out of office is because he knew that he (Owere) had all the evidence implicating him in corruption practices.

    On Tuesday, NOTU delegates passed a resolution to impeach Owere on grounds of incompetence, dictatorship and intrigue.

    Owere was replaced with Stephen Mugole in acting capacity. Mugole has been Owere’s vice chairperson.

    Richard Bigirwa was voted as the acting Secretary General and Moses Mauku was voted as the acting treasurer.

    However, Owere insists that whatever was done was illegal because it was done against a Court order stopping the process.

    “Let them laugh at me but I am telling you, very soon, they are going to face the long arm of the law on charges of contempt of court orders. They are even going to compensate me for humiliating me to the extent of directing security guards to block me from accessing my offices, I am going to become a rich man,” Owere said.

    When contacted, Werikhe rubbished Owere’s allegations and asked him to admit that he was legally impeached and the more he becomes defiant, the more he will humiliate himself.

    “He is talking of a Court Order, who did he serve? He slept with it in his bed with his wife thinking that it is love material. We are also ready for the legal battles,” Werikhe said.

    He explained that if Owere claims that he has mishandled the organisation’s funds, he is also a suspect because they have both been signatories when it came to withdrawing funds.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lawyer Speaks Out On Why Owino Market Land Is To Be Auctioned Within 30 Days Over Shs.2bn…

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    Part of Owino market

    DFCU bank through their lawyers of KTA Advocates has given members of the St. Balikuddembe Market Stalls and Lock Up Shops Owners Association (SSLOA) 30 days to clear a debt of Shs.2bn or lose their land through auctioning.

    Edwin Tabaro, a senior lawyer at KTA Advocates revealed to theGrapevine that their instructions is to recover their client’s money by all means including auctioning the land situated at Kibuga Block 12, Plot 388 Mengo Kisenyi measuring one and half acres.

    “For eight years now, SSLOA hasn’t made any payment and we were instructed to auction the said land,” Tabaro said.

    He explained that in 2010, SSLOA obtained a Shs.4bn loan from DFCU bank to pay premium and ground rent for the subleased land on which the main market sits and they used the Kisenyi land title as security to secure a loan.

    Sources at KCCA told theGrapevine that SSLOA’s troubles started when they secured a loan and KCCA declined to hand over leases to the market land which resulted in Court battles.

    In 2018, High Court judge Musa Ssekaana ordered KCCA to compensate SSLOA with the Shs1.15bn, Shs.500m legal fees and Shs4.8bn as special damages but KCCA only paid Shs.2bn which SSLOA paid to the bank.

    Sources said that since then, SSLOA has been on KCCA’s neck seeking for their payment but they don’t have the said money and they have learnt that they are going back to Court to secure their payments and clear the bank loan.

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed SSLOA leadership with immediate effect to vacate Owino market leadership and hand it over to KCCA.

    KCCA is in the process of organising fresh elections in Owino market for the vendors to vote their leaders as Museveni directed.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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