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In a closed door meeting with PAC, Akullo revealed that Kayihura's investigation team started fresh investigations of the pension scam. She notes that this investigation is not going to deter her investigation team to finish the work that they started.

Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Boss Grace Akullo today told Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has set up a parallel investigation into the Pension scam in which, she has been turned into a suspect.

In a closed door meeting with Parliaments Public Accounts Committee, Akullo revealed that Kayihura's investigation team has started fresh investigations and she is one of the people  being investigated.
 
Source tells URN that the committee has resolved to summon the IGP Kale Kayihura to explain the matter.

The Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) has been blamed for messing up the pension case by submitting two contradicting investigation reports to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

This caused slip-ups in the trial of nine suspects who were charged with masterminding the plunder of at least 165billion Shillings belonging to pensioners.

As a result, the case was dismissed by Sarah Langa, the Chief Magistrate of the Anti-Corruption Court on grounds that prosecution had failed to produce a single witness to testify against the suspects. The suspects had been on trial for over two years.

Before the closed door meeting, Alice Alaso the Chairperson PAC said that the committee was going to discuss on how to handle the emerging new evidence and help to prepare the committee for the next sophisticated stage of investigations involving how the funds were paid out.
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Inside the committee meeting with Akullo, a reliable source tells URN that Akullo said that they are currently working with the DPP to reinstate the case.

Akullo is also said to have pinned the former Principal Accountant in the Ministry of Public Service Christopher Obey for being behind the 165billion Shillings pension money that was paid to ghost pensioners.

She told the committee that when her team visited Public Service Ministry pension registry, the search for the alleged ghost pension files yielded no results as 13 files of the 1018 were found.
 
She added that the names rhymed but the persons had long got their gratuity. She said that the ghost pension names were found in Obey's computer.   
          
While before the committee last week, Obey insisted that he based his pension payments from files he received from the pension registry.

The Committee also learnt from Akullo that all payments were done through Cairo International bank (CIB) hence arriving at a conclusion that these were all ghosts.

Following the interface with Akullo, PAC resolved to summon the Governor Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Mutebile, Cairo International Bank CEO and Peter Sajjabi the Secretary EACOBA to appear on Tuesday next week before the committee.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.