Bugembe Officials Arrested over Embezzlement.

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Kassim Ntambi, a councilor for Bugembe town council at and Olivia Mutesi, the Councils Finance Officer were arrested last evening on the orders of the inspector General of Government. They face charges of alleged embezzlement, cause of financial loss, abuse of office and false accounting in the public office.

Two leaders of Bugembe town council in Jinja district have been arrested for alleged forgery and embezzlement of government funds.
 
Kassim Ntambi, a councilor for Bugembe town council at and Olivia Mutesi, the Councils Finance Officer were arrested last evening on the orders of the inspector General of Government. They face charges of alleged embezzlement, cause of financial loss, abuse of office and false accounting in the public office.

It’s alleged that the two, between March 1st 2011 and 31st December 2012 while serving in the town council allegedly swindled about 60 million shillings from the government coffers
through forgery. The money was revenue generated from activities in Bugembe town council local government.

A report by the Inspectorate of Government states that Ntambi and Mutesi created a false company ‘Speedy Construction Company Limited’ and awarded themselves a tender to construct a five stance latrine in Bugembe central market after which they forged and released false receipts for accountability.

Speedi Construction Company Limited, the company that constructed the said latrine was not paid the 60 million shillings, but instead Kassim Ntambi connived with his Brother to forge receipts of another unregistered company known as Speedy Construction Company Limited holding an account in Baroda Bank Jinja branch which received the money.
 
Steve Wante, The LC3 Chairman of Bugembe town council says the council stands to lose 60 million shillings as payments to Speedi Construction Company Limited, the genuine recipient of the payment that they never received.
 
Moses Magemeso Bugembe Town Clerk says council is still evaluating how much money was lost to fraudulent contractors in the last two years. The two officers are expected to appear before court later today to answer the charges against them.