Police says the Kaberamaido district office block that was last week totally destroyed in a fire, may have been burned to get rid of important evidence on misappropriation of funds in the district.
The acting Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations in Mideastern Uganda, Alfred Egole, says preliminary investigations indicate that the 4 suspects arrested in connection incident, set it on fire with malicious intent. Egole says they may have intended to destroy important accounts and audit reports.
The Inspector General of Government recently recommended that 7 top district officials and 2 politicians be punished for misappropriating public funds.
The Kaberamaido District Chairperson, Victor Ekesu, was ordered to refund 500,000 shillings or face prosecution, while his deputy, Kamatsiko Ouga, was ordered to pay back 1.2 million shillings.
The Inspector General of Government also instructed the Kaberamaido District Service Commission to interdict the Chief Finance Officer, Charles Dickens Ocung, the District Chief Accountant, Simon Egaru and the District Education Officer, Nathan Otali for misappropriation of funds.
The group is this week expected to appear before the District Service Commission to face disciplinary action.
Police say there is no evidence yet of a connection between these cases and the arson, but all possibilities are being investigated.