POLICE RAID KAMPALA LAW FIRM OVER “$100 MILLION” SCAM FOR SUPPLYING COVID-19 TEST KITS,CHINESE LOSE MONEY
By Goodluck Musinguzi
Uganda police has bursted a gang that forged the signature of the Director General Dr Henry Mwebesa and seal of Ministry of Health in a bogus procurement that was meant to supply covid-19 test kits worth 100 million dollars.
The gang planned a deal or agenda that would involve politicians and media to attack the Ministry of health over the expensive testing kits while they court Chinese to supply cheap Covid-19 testing kits.
Two weeks ago attacks on Dr Diana Atwine intensified accusing her of buying expensive equipment yet there are suppliers willing to sell cheap and affordable testing kits. Pictures of different apartments were splashed on social media but owners have since rubbished the same.
Two “fake” Procurement Officers attached to Ministry of Health and a “lawyer” were arrested after defrauding Chinese based in Mauritius after entering a deal with the trio and others at large.
Eric Mukasa alias Eric Mugisha and Steven Mukidi were picked with their lawyer contact called Twinokwesiga alleged to be attached to Nexus Law Firm based in Kampala.
Police discovered documents that were used to push this deal and investigations have widened to Uganda Registration Services Bureau(URSB) which was to register a company in Uganda.
The Chinese wired 7500 US Dollars to facilitate registration of the company. After they were asked to deposit their commission before they sign documents giving them the deal.
The Chinese became suspicious of the whole deal by involving their Ugandan contact who doubted the plan. She involved police which responded by arresting the trio.
Ministry of Health officials refused to comment on the on-going investigations because their bosses will appear in court to pin these gangsters.
Dr Diana Atwine , the Permanent Secretary has fought had to stop deals or procurement that involve corruption and bribery which was the norm. Below is a story we published about efforts to fight corruption and bribery.
HOW DR DIANA ATWINE FOUGHT SCANDALS AT MINISTRY OF HEALTH?
CROOKS ARE BLACKMAILING HER ON SOCIAL MEDIA, DONATING BUILDINGS THAT HAVE SINCE BEEN CLAIMED BY OWNERS
By Goodluck Musinguzi
Corruption and bribery was a common song at Ministry of Health but also it was a way of doing business leading to major scandals that had Ministers arrested. Senior officials carried millions of shillings to the field to implement fictious activities, it was a cash bonanza according to a source.
Before Dr Diana Atwine was appointed Chief Accounting officer at Ministry of Health by President Yoweri Museveni, Inspector General of Government would get many cases from hospitals, health centers and Ministry of health headquarters.
According to the 2019 survey, the Inspector General of Government admits that Ministry of health has seen a reduction in cases. Actually we observed reduction in cases when President appointed New Ministers and the Permanent Secretary.
Patrick Luwagga authored a story alleging that Dr Diana Atwine had amassed wealth that has helped her to build multi-billion apartments in Kampala. Luwagga’s allegations were laughed off at Ministry of Health. Dr Diana makes workers refund money when she is concerned with false accountabilities.
Dr Diana Atwine replied, “So am being awarded wealth on social media. Anyway these are the usual roadblocks put in our way by negative forces with hidden agendas. Like i always say, we shouldnt be diverted fro strategic to petty things. So i own all these buildings that i have never even seen”.
A source at Ministry of Health says Dr Diana Atwine has initiated investigations in projects that have false accountabilities like Reproductive health had same writings for receipts given out in Gulu and Kabale districts. Writing experts proved the case beyond doubt leading to recovery of shs180 millions.
Nyanga Rembo(Rambo) and Harriet Nyongore staffs at Ministry of Health headquarters were interdicted after a 250 million shillings generator bought for Annex Offices was taken out of stores and went missing.
When Dr Diana Atwine was following up accountabilities from funds donated by America’s Center for Disease Control, she found out Harriet Nyongore In-charge Stores and Rembo Nyanga a project staff knew the whereabouts of the generator.
Uganda Nurses and Midwiwives Council has seen investigations regarding bogus procurements and abuse of office, the Registrar is going to court anytime.
Cases of corruption and bribery have reduced at Ministry of Health, workers live in a different world now, media and politicians across the country have access to the accounting officer.
Exposure to the working methods of Dr Diana has led to change in attitude even Ministers cant access funds they are not entitled. Baguma Isoke, the Chairman Uganda Land Commission lost his job after crooks in his office forged Dr Diana’s signature in order to sell a Chinese businessman a plot belonging to Ministry of health.
Past Scandals involved Ministers and technocrats who were arrested involved staggering funds of epic proportions. President Yoweri Museveni sent a team to implement Anti-corruption reforms ,recover lost money and remove thieves from the Ministry.
Back to the buildings donated to Dr Diana Atwine, Shanney Properties Ug Ltd owns one of the 14 double rental apartment in Kyaliwajara , its on a 29 decimals with a private mailo land title. The owners are on 0773950945/0758561835.
When President Yoweri Museveni announced tough measures against corruption in 2016, the Ministry of Health is a nolonger a place for bribes and corruption.
Global Fund Scandal of 2008 rocked Uganda and took 10 years to resolve it after Dr Diana Atwine refunded money back to international bodies that have regained confidence in her.
At the time of investigations, $10m (sh25b) was missing, although some sources put the figure at $37 (sh95.8b). The money was meant for malaria and tuberculosis drugs programs. The scandal sucked in former health minister Jim Muhwezi and his then deputies Mike Mukula and Alex Kamugisha.
Some of the known culprits included the former director of economic affairs in the President’s Office,Late Teddy Cheeye and former production manager of Uganda Television, Fred Kavuma, who served prison sentences in Luzira Prison over the scam.
The scandal centered on a new unit within the Health Ministry, known as the Project Management Unit (PMU), through which the money was siphoned to about 400 private organizations, many of which existed only on paper. Investigations revealed that PMU paid grossly inflated salaries to its 15 professionals and 20 support staff, who often doubled their take home pay with generous and largely undocumented expense allowances.
Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria had committed $5.1b in grants to more than 130 countries to fight the three diseases.