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Stolen Katosi road money transferred to USA - IGG

IGG Irene Mulyagonja

IGG Irene Mulyagonja

Part of the stolen Shs 25bn from the 2014 Katosi road scam has left the country and been transferred to the USA, the inspector general of government (IGG) Justice Irene Mulyagonja has revealed.
 
Mulyagonja told reporters at the closure of the five-day Commonwealth anti-corruption heads of agencies in Africa meeting at Lake Victoria Serena on Friday evening that her office is aware that part of the money was shipped to the USA.

"We know some monies that have been taken out of the country. One case that we know of I think is the Shs 24bn that was stollen from the Katosi road construction, we know that part of it was taken to the United States of America and we are trying to see if we can recover it." said Mulyagonja. 

Last August, former Works minister Abraham Byandala, who was among those accused of theft of the Katosi money got acquitted by the Anti-corruption court of all charges. Instead, businessman Apollo Senketo was found guilty and then convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Senketo had represented a company called Eutaw Construction, a US firm that turned out to be fake, and had been contracted to construct the road in 2014. Through the collaboration with the Commonwealth partners, Uganda has managed to recover $217000 (Shs 819 million) since 2016 that had been taken out of the country by thieves, according to Patricia Scotland, the secretary general of the secretariat.  

The IGG said it was hard to recover some of the money because of the way thieves push to hide it in complicated structures in tax havens.

 
"Thieves in our country steal monies and mostly from transactions of government. They do not necessarily keep those monies in the jurisdiction where they have been stolen…They repatriate funds and they take them to places we know to be safe havens and places where we know international finance to be very profitable and they invest them there. They can invest them in assets which are on ground or they can keep the money in banks." Mulyagonja added. 

On President Museveni’s claim that the inspectorate of government (IG) had been infiltrated by wrong elements, the reason he appointed the State House Anti-corruption unit, an official in the IGG’s office, who preferred not to be named, told URN it is not true and they prefer State House to give them information on the matter. 

The official said “as the IG, we say give us information and we clean it if you insist we have been infiltrated.”

In their communique, the heads of anti-corruption agencies in Africa called for multi-agency team work in implementation of anti-corruption strategies. They also requested governments in Europe, America and other jurisdictions to work towards speedy repatriation of recovered assets to African countries. 

Comments

+1 #1 Wainanchi 2019-05-13 08:56
Hellooooo Ugandaaaaa!! What are you doing???? Haloooo thugs and thieves!!!! You are destroying the beautiful Pearl of Africa!!Rotten in hell!!

President Museveni! Please start criminal proceedings and ask extradition of those thugs and retrn of money. Put the 40 years in prison. Muyaye and thugs!!!!

How many good things could be done in Uganda? Where are those iditots commentators to say nw something? This is what I was talking and writing for a lot of time now.

Uganda needs good watch dog system and effective Financial Police Authority to control the flow and distribution of money.It is time to set it u now.

IGG cannot do much without professional support of expertise in financial transactions>President Museveni please appoint that Service now now and put thugs behind the bards or shoot them like in China.
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2019-05-13 12:53
It seems that hakuna muchezo propaganda is getting through so that this government of over 30 years in power can continue to win elections and stay put in power to suffer again its misfortunes that have befallen the African citizens of this poor country.

If such corruption is as clear as day, why does not this African government resign? What of the other countries that is keeping this dirty money. Which next government of Uganda is going to pay back this loss?
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+2 #3 Odongkara 2019-05-13 16:20
Quoting Wainanchi:
Hellooooo Ugandaaaaa!! What are you doing???? Haloooo thugs and thieves!!!! You are destroying the beautiful Pearl of Africa!!Rotten in hell!!

President Museveni! Please start criminal proceedings and ask extradition of those thugs and retrn of money. Put the 40 years in prison. Muyaye and thugs!!!!

Uganda needs good watch dog system and effective Financial Police Authority to control the flow and distribution of money.It is time to set it u now.

IGG cannot do much without professional support of expertise in financial transactions>President Museveni please appoint that Service now now and put thugs behind the bards or shoot them like in China.


Your popularized Museveni is the epitome of corruption, how can he be the one to fight what he created?

Believe you me that corruption in Uganda under the NRM government is to stay and will get worse by the day.
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0 #4 Wainanchi 2019-05-14 04:22
@Odongkara...In Turkish language ..Odong means DUMB ..and KARA .sexed...Your fatheryst have confirmed you when he was drunk and so you you are naturally DUMB!

State House has its own Anticorruption Unit fighting graft or corruption.

Do report any case of corruption feely and help our beautiful Uganda.

It will be investigated Otherwise many Ugandans like easy money or CHAI CHAI and therefore every every day we read stories about huuuge money's stolen..IDING KARA KARA KARA. KARA KARA ODONG ODONG ... KARA KARA ARE ALSO LAKWENA AKOT IDIOT KABAKKA JEKKA WHO ARE ALL KARA KARA BY THEIR FATHERS QHEN THEY HAD TOO MUCH TONTO!!
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-05-14 10:03
Quoting Wainanchi:
@Odongkara...In Turkish language ..Odong means DUMB ..and KARA .sexed...Your fatheryst have confirmed you when he was drunk and so you you are naturally DUMB!

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But Wainainchi, because you are like a turkey, which has no memory, hence does not remember its way back home; may I remind you that: in order kill more Ugandans, Mr. M7 robbed banks and abominably raided hospitals and pulled off intravenous tubes from patients in Luweero hospitals.

In other words, Wainainchi, a bank robber like Mr. M7 starts as a pickpocket.

And remember, Prof Patrick Lumumba Otieno of Kenya said that: African State Houses like ours, are Casinos where the president gambles away the national treasury.
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0 #6 Wainanchi 2019-05-14 11:10
@Kara Lakwena, Please read carefully and take serious note of my personal view of you and your ikemiders bullshitting everyday.

Kara Kara, you are all kara kara in your dumb heads!Sorry but to be honest you are not worth further comments because you spill the lies and you are lying snake!!

What else will you lie and tell our good readers who want to know more about Uganda.

Yo are Calamity Jane troublemaker ,liar and mujaye, spreading hate and iies every every day and I got fed uo of you and had to introduce proper Turkish words, so that our Turkish readers wil understand and laugh at youYou and your Kara Odong, Dong, Ding,Dumb!
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0 #7 rubangakene 2019-05-14 21:55
Bring that money back even if it costs more to do so and let them pay the costs of retrieval of stolen money.

I would also suggest the law should be reviewed so that such crimes become treasonable and incur death penalty!
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