Police Logistics Director Investigated Over More than UGX 100B Fraud Top story

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According to a source in the Inspectorate of Government, Bangirana together with other officers in the Directorate of Engineering and Logistics used more than Shillings 100billion to construct Natete Police Station, whose ideal price shouldnt have exceeded Shillings 10billion.

The Inspectorate of Government-IG is investigating Godfrey Bangirana, the Police Director of Engineering and Logistics for alleged financial impropriety. Bangirana is accused of misappropriating more than Shillings 100 billion.

The spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government, Munira Ali has confirmed the ongoing investigations. "It is true we are investigating the Directorate of Logistics but that is all I can say," Munira told URN. The investigations, which commenced a month ago, stem from inflated procurement cost on the implementation of police projects.

 
 
The projects being queried include the construction of Natete Police Station and the repair of an old police chopper. According to a source in the Inspectorate of Government, Bangirana together with other officers in the Directorate of Engineering and Logistics used more than Shillings 100billion to construct Natete Police Station, whose ideal price shouldn't have exceeded Shillings 10billion.



While the total construction of the station was estimated to cost Shillings 7.8billion, by the end of the construction, the Police force spent more than Shillings 100billion.  Bangiran, who is at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) also reportedly paid Yamasec Limited more than Shillings 10billion to repair a scrap helicopter. 

The seven seater Bell 206B American helicopter was grounded in 2002. The helicopter was purchased in 1986 shortly after President Yoweri Museveni took power. The helicopter was over handed to Yamasec in 2016, which returned it to the police leadership on May 31st, 2018 after repairs. However, even on the hand over, the helicopter had trouble taking off. 

The helicopter is said to have been grounded after flying twice despite the Shillings 10billion police spent to repair it. This is not the first time Bangirana is coming under the spotlight for alleged financial impropriety. Before the former Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura was dropped he had instituted investigations into the operations of the Engineering and Logistics Directorate and Human Resource Administration. 

Kayihura was fired and replaced by Martin Okoth Ochola before the investigations could take shape, which saw the inquiries die a natural death.
 

 

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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

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