Two district officials in Kamwenge, who this week were arrested for failing to pay back funds stolen from the National Agricultural Advisory Services, have been moved from police holding cells to Katojo Government Prison. Emmanuel Bekunda, the former Sub-County Chief of Ntara and Henry Asiimwe, the Kamwenge NAADS Coordinator, were named in a 2008 report by the Inspectorate of Government as the key suspects in the disappearance of 14 million shillings intended for NAADS activities. The IGG ordered Bekunda, Asiimwe and a third official, Justus Musimenta the former Sub-County Accountant for Ntara to pay back the money. The Kamwenge officer in charge of criminal investigations, Monday Asaba, says the three men didn't honor an agreement to pay back the money in full by January this year. He says they only paid back 10 million shillings. The IGG, Raphael Baku, ordered for their arrest and prosecution in court. In a letter to the police, Baku said that in addition to failing to live up to the repayment agreement it was found that Bekunda, Asiimwe and Musimenta were also responsible for the embezzlement of an additional five million shillings in NAADS funds. Detective Asaba says Emmanuel Bekunda and Henry Asiimwe will be charged in the Fort Portal Chief Magistrate's Court next week. The third suspect, Justus Musimenta, is on the run. The arrest of the district officials comes just days after the Parliamentary Local Government Accounts Committee confiscated the accountability files of Kamwenge District because of evidence of forgery and corruption. The committee is investigating the Auditor General's 2008-2009 for western Uganda.
Updated: 05 Jul, 20:5920:59