A team from the Inspectorate of Government-IG has arrested the Principal of Uganda Technical College-UTC Kichwamba, Silver Mukwasiibwe, and his Deputy, Joseph Nyakojo for alleged abuse of office.
The duo was picked up by the IG which is also hunting for the college bursar, Grace Tibanagwa over similar charges.
According to a statement from the IG, between July and October 2022, while performing his duties as Principal UTC Kichwamba, Mukwasiibwe irregularly procured goods and services worth Shillings 130million contrary to provisions in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act and caused the government financial loss of Shillings 83million meant for various activities at the Institute.
The IG further charged Mukwasiibwe with the diversion of Public Resources, noting that while performing his duties as a Principal, Mukwasiibwe disposed of Shillings 79million to pay for various activities unrelated to those for, which the money was intended.
“Mr. Mukwasiibwe and Mrs. Grace Tibanagwa between the months of July 2020 and June 2022 while employed as Principal and Accountant of UTC Kichwamba respectively, in the performance of their duties paid UGX 233,869,800 meant for different activities to different people for no work done with knowledge or reason to believe that their acts would cause Kichwamba Technical Institute financial loss and indeed caused financial of UGX 233,869,800,” the statement reads.
It also notes that the Deputy Principal of Academic Affairs, Research, and Innovation of UTC Kichwamba, Nyakojo stole Shillings 22million being the property of his employer, which he had access to by virtue of his office.
The accused are scheduled to appear before the Anti-Corruption Court later today to take a plea in the matter.