KAMPALA, Uganda – The State House Anti-corruption unit headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has arrested four officials from the Office of the Prime Minister over inflated prices for Covid-19 relief food.
The suspects include; Ms Christine Guwatudde Kintu, the Permanent Secretary OPM; Martin Owor, the head of Covid-19 relief management; Joel Wanjala, the Assistant Commissioner Procurement and Fred Lutimba, the Commissioner Disaster Management.
According to Lt. Col. Nakalema, President Museveni sanctioned the operation following intelligence reports that officials at the OPM had frustrated other lower bidders in the relief aid programme.
“The President on Wednesday directed us to investigate allegations of inflated prices of Covid-19 relief food procurement. We got evidence that the officials were inflating figures yet there were suppliers willing to supply government on lower prices. We also noticed that the officers had refused to award tenders to those willing to supply government at lower prices. The low price suppliers had the capacity to supply government but they were denied contracts,” Col Edith Nakalema, told journalists at the Office of the President in Kampala on Thursday.
Africa Tembelea understands that, the four were summoned to Office of the President before they were arrested and handed over to detectives attached to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to help in the ongoing investigations.