March 12, 2014

Shs4 Billion Recovered from Global Fund, Naads Suspects

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Justice Mike Chibita.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Justice Mike Chibita.

About 4 billion shillings has been recovered from the Global Fund and National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) suspects as the fight against the massive corruption in the country continues.

This was revealed today by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Justice Mike Chibita while addressing the press at his office in Kampala.

Justice Chibita said for the period of the past three years, over Shs2.6 billion was recovered from Global Fund suspects through refunds, compensation orders among others.

On the other hand, he said Shs1.5 billion was recovered from Naads suspects upon conviction and also being fined.

About ten years ago, Global Fund money totaling up to US Dollars 426,763,257 (over Shs1 trillion) was given to Uganda for its leading role in the fight against HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The principal recipient of these monies was the Finance ministry. However in 2005, the Global Fund temporarily suspended its five grants to country following the alleged mismanagement of the funds meant to monitor the activities.

The country coordinating mechanisms and principal recipients were asked to suspend all the program activities except for the supply of essential (life saving) commodities and to restructure the implementation that saw the Program Management Unit (PMU) that was overseeing these activities disbanded.

Subsequently, the Ogoola Commission headed by Justice James Ogoola conducted an inquiry into this mismanagement and at the end of his inquiry, recommended that several senior government officials be investigated over the same.

The police and other anti corruption government agencies commenced investigations and a number of officials were charged and convicted over the same.

Some of the culprits include; Dr Tiberius Muhabwe who managed the PMU, former director of economic monitoring at the Internal Security Organisation Teddy Ssezi Cheeye, Freddie Schoof, a journalist formally with UBC TV, and Annaliza Mondon together with Elizabeth Ngororano.

At the same press briefing, the chief government prosecutor also boasted of achieving a high conviction rate of 51% against the targeted 50% in the reporting period. He further boasted of a 70% conviction rate that he secured for prosecuting cases at the Anti Corruption Court in Kampala.

The DPP further said that the Directorate had established 11 regional offices across the country. He explained that the move was aimed at streamlining its operations to ensure efficiency, expeditious trials and handling of cases and effective supervision of the upcountry stations.

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