By Paul Aine
Mbarara district Resident commissioner (RDC) Lt. Col. James Mwesigye has cracked has cracked whip on corruption by effecting the arrest of a Mbarara municipal enforcement officer for allegedly receiving a bribe from Special Forces command soldier SFC on October 29 Tuesday morning.
Col Mwesigye said on Monday evening Mbarara municipal enforcement team confiscated construction tools for one Sgt Kiiza Silver attached to SFC from Lugazi cell Nyamitanga ward Kakooba division for put up a structure without approved plan from the council.
‘’Sgt Kiiza Silver came to my office this morning telling me that Mbarara municipal enforcement confiscated his construction materials for illegal construction since he never obtained a plan and I told him that he was in wrong but he told me that one Musinguzi Stuart asked him for shs 500,000’’ Col. Mwesigye said
Col Mwesigye said after knowing that they wanted money, he arranged with police and got shs 500,000 the officer had demanded, photocopied it before giving it to the officer.
‘’When he told me that he would get his materials after giving them money, we arranged with Police shs 500,000 which we photocopied and went with it. After receiving the money, the enforcement officer realized that he was being trapped and he dropped the money but he was handed over to police for prosecution’’ Col Mwesigye said
Col. Mwesigye said he must fight corruption that has eaten up Mbarara before it goes out of hand as many people have reported so many cases of corruption in the area which must be fought.
‘’I cannot let Mbarara get choked on corruption because Mbarara nowadays is filled with corrupt officials and this is not good for a town that is developing into a city. So, we must ensure that corruption is no more in Mbarara’’ Col Mwesigye said
Rwizi region Police spokesperson Samson Kasasira confirmed the arrest of the officer and that he will be charged of demanding money with menace.
‘’We have in our custody three people one identified as Musinguzi Stuart a law enforcement officer at Mbarara municipal Council and Mwebaza David and Ainamani Aaron also workers at Mbarara municipal council.’’ Mr Kasasira said
He added ‘’The key suspect is Musinguzi Stuart a law enforcement officer who allegedly demanded money from sgt Kiiza Silver attached to SFC and the other two were arrested for simply concealing information when Mr Stuart received money from Sgt Silver and it disappeared when they were there watching so they will be charged of concealing information’’
Mr Kasasira said they will be taken to court to answer they different charges.
Mr Musinguzi said denied receiving any money from the soldier as he only came to know him when he was confiscating his building materials on Monday.
‘’I never asked money from the soldier because I only saw him yesterday when I confiscated his building materials yesterday (Monday) and took them to the division where he told me that he is a soldier and I asked him to come and see my bosses’’ Mr Musinguzi said
He added ‘’ when I saw him this morning (Tuesday) he came and talked to me that is when I saw police arresting me claiming that I received a bribe and I accepted to come because I knew I was innocent’’
In February 2019 State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema arrested six Mbarara district officials including CAO Mbarara Felix Cuthbert Esoku, Sr.Lands Management officer Godlive Nayebare, Sr. Land Management officer Emmanuel Himbisa, Rossalia Karuhanga Sr. HR/Clerk to council, Mbarara municipal town clerk Edward Langa and Mbarara Municipal Principal Treasurer Richard Mutungi Kerere.
The six are currently undergoing investigation after being charged of causing financial loss to government.