Two Luweero Accountants Interdicted Over Gross Misconduct

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According to Gakwandi, the two officials will be on half pay until they are cleared. Priscilla Kiwumulo, the Accounts Assistant couldnt be reached but sources say she caused a stampede in her department when she wept loudly after receiving the interdiction letter. Kiwumulo had earlier on committed herself in writing to pay back the missing money but allegedly backtracked on her agreement.

Two accountants in Luweero district are in trouble for causing the district a financial loss and absenteeism. They are Priscilla Kiwumulo, the Accounts Assistant in Production and marketing department and Peter Byamugisha, the Account Assistant for Community Development department.



The duo has been interdicted by Eustace Gakwandi, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer. In his June 20th letter, Gakwandi accuses Kiwumulo of causing the district a financial loss of Shillings 715,000, which was meant for coordinating activities in the production department in the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year. 

He also accuses Kiwumulo of absconding from duty without authorisation and ignoring several warning letters to stop the practice. Gakwandi also interdicted Peter Byamugisha for withdrawing Shillings 600,000 from the Bank but failed to hand it over to the intended beneficiary, Edith Nakigudde. He has relieved both officials of their duties in line the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, 2010 section until the District Internal Auditor concludes investigations and recommends appropriate punishments against them for their misconduct. 



According to Gakwandi, the two officials will be on half pay until they are cleared. Priscilla Kiwumulo, the Accounts Assistant couldn't be reached but sources say she caused a stampede in her department when she wept loudly after receiving the interdiction letter. Kiwumulo had earlier on committed herself in writing to pay back the missing money but allegedly backtracked on her agreement.



The interdiction of the duo brings to six, the number of civil servants interdicted in Luweero, over accusations of causing the district financial loss. In March this year, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Luweero, Christopher Oketayot James also interdicted Safinah Nassali, an office attendant for embezzling Shillings 13.8 million meant for the former LC V chairperson, Abdul Nadduli.



He also interdicted the Bukuma parish chief for forging receipts and causing the district a loss of Shillings one million in January 2016. Others interdicted include Godfrey Mulegeya Ssegawa, the Chief Finance Officer Luweero and William Mbaziira, the accounts assistant in the works and technical services department. They were accused of embezzling Shillings 30 million.


Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero LC 5 Chairperson has welcomed the interdiction of the officials, saying it will deter other staff from mismanaging government funds, which affects service delivery. He has also called for investigations into the affairs of Bukalasa Land Office and the District Procurement unit following reports of corruption.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.