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Police procurement boss under probe over Shs 100bn fraud

The Inspectorate of Government is investigating Godfrey Bangirana, the police director of engineering and logistics for alleged financial impropriety.

Bangirana is accused of misappropriating more than Shs 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 about a month ago, stem from inflated procurement costs 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.

Natete police station

According to a source in the Office of Inspectorate of Government, Bangirana together with other officers in the directorate of engineering and logistics used more than Shs 100 billion to construct Natete police station, whose ideal price shouldn't have exceeded Shs 10 billion.

While the total construction of the station was estimated to cost Shs 7.8 billion, by the completion of the construction, police instead spent more than Shs 100 billion. Bangirana who is at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) also reportedly paid Yamasec Limited more than Shs 10 billion 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 then handed over to Yamasec in 2016, which returned it to the police leadership on May 31, 2018 after repairs. However, even at the official handover ceremony, the helicopter had trouble taking off. 

The helicopter is said to have been grounded after flying only twice despite the Shs 10 billion 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 Kale Kayihura was dropped. he'd 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.

Comments

+1 #11 Mubiru 2018-09-04 18:14
Now that the President is on the begging tour of China, Uganda government and other connected thieves are busily using their calculators to find out how much bribery money (enjawulo) they will eat.

They know very well that even if they were to be prosecuted many will not be "touched" as is clearly evidenced in the Katosi day robbery ruling.

One day they will "vomit" the billions they are stealing now. Can you imagine a "blessed" thief to be the government spokesman? It is impossible in all other states under the sun except in Uganda
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+1 #12 Akot 2018-09-04 18:18
Lakwena, yet,

The entire world ask in whisper why Ugandans go along in pece & without opposition organised to stop their country being mortgaged to the highest bidder by the former asylum seeker, who believes he can do what ever he wants with the country riches!

But of course Museveni can do what he wants as Ugandans don't know the country formed by tribal lands belongs to them & they alone can say NO to Museveni!

As it is, Ugandans are waiting for Museveni to announce the country is his officially-legally-constitutionally!

Then what?
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+1 #13 Akot 2018-09-04 18:27
Wooden K.n agreed!

Ugandans will soon have no land to call theirs!

What is wrong with Ugandans, how can they hand over their country & tribal lands to Museveni without a fight & where will they live after & how?

Not 1 Ugandan ever thought of stealing any tribal land except just live where they felt good/work where they had jobs...but migrant Museveni has made Ugandans foreigners in their own country, yet no one sees it - Ugandans are just helping him own their country!!!
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+1 #14 Fuller 2018-09-04 20:36
100,000,000,000 billion shillings. That's almost 25.5 million dollars!

Where does Uganda Police get that kind of money? Traffic fines? Taxpayer? Future debt? What use is the building to justify such expenditure?

And how does one man, Mr. Bangirana, get hold of such a sum to spend as he pleases?

The answer to the last question: The despot Crook-in-Chief who has ruled for 32 years is asleep at the wheel. The sooner he is relieved of office the better for Uganda.
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+1 #15 rubangakene 2018-09-04 22:02
What is it with this government; is it complicit in this thievery or what?

At present in Tanzania, Magulufi is showing progress in bringing "such thieves" to book, e.g. the people who purchased an Airbus and the Airbus never materialised.

Now Tanzania has acquired a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner which roams the skies to Middle East and Asia while we are still sitting on our hands accommodating thieves. Treason Verbatim!
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+1 #16 Phalanch 2018-09-04 22:13
They have sowed a seed of tribalism a symbol of deep rooted hatred enough to iginite a nation,

These people are untouchable and their story will have a different end.
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