Works Ministry Officials Arrested in UGX 76M Scam

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The money was allegedly spent on a workshop originally meant to last half a day at the cost of 6 million shillings. The suspects ended up inflating the figure to 76 million shillings to show it was a two-day workshop.

Six people have been arrested by the police in connection with defrauding 76 million shillings meant for a sensitization workshop organised by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
 
Three of the suspects are Ministry of Works staff while the other three are Imperial Royale Hotel workers.
 
The Ministry of Works suspects were picked up by police detectives from their offices on Wednesday while the Imperial Royale Hotel staff reported at CID headquarters today.
 
Among those arrested from Ministry are Rosemary Tibihwa, Acting Commissioner for Transport; Anthony Kwesiga, Civil Engineer and Rogers Kisambira, who is an economist at the Ministry of Works.
 
The Imperial Royale Hotel staff under arrest are Phat Raghupathi, financial controller; Paul Kintu, an accountant, and Ronald Ssengendo, a marketing executive. They face charges of uttering false documents. The trio allegedly developed receipts to indicate that a workshop that did not take place at the hotel did in fact take place.
 
The three Ministry of Works staff are accused of defrauding the government of 76 million shillings which they allegedly spent to host a non-existent two-day sensitization workshop on transport.
 
The money was allegedly spent on a workshop originally meant to last half a day at the cost of 6 million shillings. The suspects ended up inflating the figure to 76 million shillings to show it was a two-day workshop. They claimed that each of the people who attended was given 96,000 shillings whereas not. 
 
The workshop was supposed to be conducted on January 8, 2013 but did not take place.
 
Police sources indicate that some of the so-called participants registered as having taken part in the workshop have already made statements to the detectives deny ever having been part of such a workshop.
 
The latest arrests come before investigations into massive fraud in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Public Service are complete.