Luweero CAO Names Committee to Investigate Interdicted Officials

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In his March 20th letter, Gakwandi asks the committee to ascertain whether there were irregular and unauthorized payments made by Segawa in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial year with specific focus on five Electronic Fund transfers, which appear as double payments.

Eustace Gakwandi, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer has appointed a five member team to investigate the Chief Finance Officer and Accountant in the works and technical services department for alleged financial impropriety.
 
Godfrey Segawa Mulegeya, the Luweero Chief Finance Officer and William Mbaziira, the accounts assistant in the works and technical services department are accused of fraud. The duo was interdicted by the CAO early this year, after he detected fraud in various electronic transfer of funds. 


Now, Eustace Gakwandi, the Luweero CAO has appointed a team chaired by Florence Namubiru, the Internal Auditor Luweero District to investigate the duo. Other members are Joseph Okware, the district health officer, Fred Tamale, examiner of accounts, Elias Tiguhingwa, the internal auditor Luweero town council and Treasurer Bombo Town council Fatuma Rajab.
 
 
In his March 20th letter, Gakwandi asks the committee to ascertain whether there were irregular and unauthorized payments made by Segawa in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial year with specific focus on five Electronic Fund transfers, which appear as double payments.
 

He also orders the team to ascertain whether or not there was abuse of managerial position and authority by Segawa to pressurize his subordinates to sign suspicious financial documents. The committee will also establish whether they were delays to transfer funds to departments, local governments and service providers by Segawa to coerce line officials to meet his personal demands.


The team will also investigate William Mbaziira, the accounts assistant in works and technical services for failure to raise competence and integrity of Segawa. The letter adds that the scope of investigations shall cover district administration, works and technical services, education, production, statutory bodies where Segawa have been conducting the fraudulent transfers.

Gakwandi says that the recommendations by the committee will form the basis of any action to be taken against the officers. Despite the fact that, the committee is yet to embark on the assignment, some local leaders and residents say they have little hope because the members are of a lower rank and less competent to conduct successful investigations of senior staff.
 

Bwanika Bbaale, a retired civil servant says the CAO should have called in police and Office of Inspector General of Government who are neutral in the affairs to investigate the officials. Other residents fear that Segawa may compromise the committee because he has amassed a lot of wealth.
 

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Eustace Gakwandi, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer has not commented on the concerns of the residents as he was in a meeting when our reporter attempted to reach him. Last Year, Patrick Ssonko Kisekwa, the Makulubita Sub County LC 5 councilor asked the district council to investigate Segawa for lack of the minimum academic qualifications.


However, the investigations hit a snag after news emerged from Rakai district that Segawa had hired Emily Luswata, a witch doctor to bewitch Kisekwa and the district Speaker Proscovia Namansa in attempt to stop the investigations against him. 

 
 The news leaked after Segawa dragged Luswata to Rakai police accusing him of conning him shillings 20 million.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.