IG, Police Investigate Masindi Over UGX 200M

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According to Byaruhanga, the money was meant to clear gratuity for three district officials who retired in 2016.

The Inspectorate of Government-IG and Police are investigating circumstances under, which Masindi district local government diverted Shillings 200 million meant for gratuity. 

Cosmas Byaruhanga, the Masindi LC V chairperson told council on Thursday that the Inspectorate and Police picked interest in the matter when the district council and his executive failed to get information surrounding the diversion of the money.
According to Byaruhanga, the money was meant to clear gratuity for three district officials who retired in 2016. They are Blasto Byabakama, the former Masindi District Production Officer, Milton Mugungu, the former Masindi District Community Development Officer and the late Irene Tumusiime, the former Community Development Officer Kimengo sub county.
He said although the matter is being investigated, they have tasked the Chief Administrative Officer, Christopher Okumu to devise means and clear the gratuity.
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Byaruhanga's revelations came after angry councilors tasked the District Finance Secretary, Kanaginagi Ateenyi and the Chief Administrative Officer to explain the fate of the three officials. In the previous council, councilors tasked the two officials to come up with to come up with a report on how the money was diverted.
It came after the leader of government business in Masindi district council, Kassimu Kabagonza disclosed that the Finance, Planning and Economics Development Ministry had released over Shillings 139 million for gratuity and pension for this quarter.  He also said government had given them an additional Shillings 29 million for teacher's salaries.

The councilors asked the Finance Secretary, Ateenyi for an explanation whether the disbursed funds are part of the money meant for paying the three retirees. In his response, Kanaginagi said the money wasn't meant for the three retirees drawing angry reactions from councilors. They directed him to use the money to ensure the three retired staff are paid, a thing he refused.
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The councilors turned their guns on the CAO, saying he should ensure the retirees are paid their gratuity.
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