IGG probes Shs21bn Nema, Entebbe airport scandals


The Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Justice Irene Mulyagonja, is investigating two major scandals; Shs 18bn Entebbe security deal and Shs 3bn Nema fraud, concurrently.

A whistleblower wrote to Mulyagonja, explaining that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) managing director, Dr Rama Makuza, delegated the purchase of new security installations for Entebbe International Airport without consultation or approval of the board and senior personnel.

The equipment includes; X-ray machines, scanners, escalator systems, binoculars and night vision goggles and surveillance cameras.

The equipment will cost $5m (Shs18 billion) and according to the whistleblower, CAA would transfer money to police to source a supplier for security equipment under classified expenditure.

The whistleblower’s letter quoted by last Sunday Monitor, says the prices for the key equipment were inflated and there was no signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CAA and police to formalise the procurement.
The listed X-ray machines to be supplied at $2.7m (Shs9.4b), are standalone components that are not compatible with the existing terminal building systems while the escalator systems quoted at $350,000 (Shs1.2b), will cost double the market price, besides its specifications not being stated anywhere in the Statement of Requirement.

Police and CAA are also seeking another $30m (aboutShs105b) set aside as required funding for unspecified long-term airport security measures.

Shs 3bn Nema scam

Meanwhile, the IGG has begun investigating senior officials of National Environment Management Authority (Nema) for alleged embezzlement of more than Shs3.3bn.

Ms Munira Ali, the IGG spokesperson, told Saturday Monitor that they received the complaint involving the illegal recruitment and giveaway of wetlands.

Financial statements from Nema for 2013 and March 2015 indicate officials forged accountabilities which included purported procurement of items.

For example, Shs181m was withdrawn for wetland restoration at Akodat in Lake Kyoga catchment area in Kumi District between November 2013 and June 2014 but the accountabilities were allegedly forged.

Another Shs11m was allegedly paid as salary to staff who were illegally recruited under the Environment Social Project.

The investigations file also indicates Shs12m meant for tree nursery was spent but no accountability was presented and no nursery was created while Shs948m was diverted from other activities to pay for contractors who had not been budgeted for.

Dr Tom Okurut, the executive director of Nema, told the newspaper the IGG investigations against some of his staff were ongoing.

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