John Bosco Ssejemba, the Administration Manager Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has told the UNRA Commission of Inquiry that he was shot by the masterminds of the fuel fraud, in which government lost Shillings 14 billion.
According to Ssejemba as he drove into his Kajjansi residence on November 4, 2013 at around 11:45pm, unidentified gunmen jumped over the fence and fired two shots at him; one in the knee and another in the stomach.
He says the assailants escaped thinking that he was dead, which gave him space to crawl into the boy’s quarter and call his wife for help.
Ssejemba told the commission that he was shot after he found evidence pinning a number of people both in UNRA and Shell now Vivo Energy for their involvement in the fuel fraud.
“My lord given what I was saying at that time and the evidence that I had developed. My suspicion was on these people who were involved in stealing [from Unra]”, he said.
Head of the commission Justice Catherine Bamugemereire interjected saying his was not the only shooting at the time as there were other shootings against other officials.
Ssejemba said his shooting was the first in at Unra.
“Before, it was the staff of ministry of works who was shot. After mine, there was a shooting at Eng Enoch Kalema”, he said.
At the time of shooting, Ssejemba was the transport officer.
However, Ssejemba says that since the incident he has never recorded a statement nor has police issued a report on the shooting.
“My wife called the DPC then at Kajjansi as the bullets were [being] fired but they did not arrive on time. They actually arrived when I was already in Nakasero hospital. And this is is 1 km from the police station”, he said.
Ssejemba who has been named by all witnesses appearing before the commission as the brain behind the fuel fraud denies responsibility in the loss of approximately Shs 14bn in the last 7 years.
He is alleged to have paid off all invoices from Shell without reconciling with the statements on fuel used.
Mary Kuteesa, the Unra’s lead counsel put it to Ssejembe that he knew what was happening at the time given that he was also in charge of issuing orders to Shell on how much fuel should be provided on each fuel card.
“Even you you knew. So stop wasting our time. You knew because you had made the orders and you were paying for more than you had ordered. Simple! How can you say you did not know”, Kuteesa said.
But Ssejemba maintained his innocence saying he did not know.
Shell Uganda has been singled out for supplying fuel to Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) that led to a loss of Shs 1.4bn in a period of eight months in the 22 UNRA stations countrywide.
Following inflated fuel consumption invoices of Shs 75bn in six months, the Internal Audit department in 2013 instituted an investigation into how the supplier was operating.
Dennis Owor, the then Internal Audit manager says there was need to reconcile the invoices made by the supplier to the usage but it was not being done by the user department before paying Shell.
It was discovered, that between July 2012 and April 2013, Shell Uganda had over-invoiced UNRA by Shs 1.4bn which the authority duly paid.