By Moses Agaba
Rubanda District Engineer Denis Twesigomwe and District Production Officer Benon Kahangi have been immediately removed from their positions following allegations of financial mismanagement and failure to account for their offices.
This decision was announced on Tuesday revealed by Rubanda District LC5 chairperson Stephen Ampaire Kasyaba during the launch of the first-floor construction of Hamurwa Town Council Offices that will accommodate a council hall valued at Ugx 97.7 million.
Kasyaba pointed out that Twesigomwe and Kahangi are facing serious accusations, with Twesigomwe failing to provide a transparent account of funds allocated for various roads, Culverts, and construction projects within the district.
On the other hand, Kahangi is accused of misappropriating government funds designated for extension workers and engaging in forgery of documents.
The abrupt removal of these officials has sparked concerns about accountability and transparency within local governance, particularly regarding the potential impact on ongoing projects in the district.
The district leaders, authorities and the community are anxiously awaiting further investigations and actions to address the alleged financial irregularities.
Two months ago, Rubanda District Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Eric Ssewandigi, directed the arrest of Benon Kahangi, the District Production Officer, on charges of forgery, misappropriation of funds, and related offenses.
Investigations revealed that Kahangi manipulated official documents, including supplier signatures, staff delivery notes, receipts, and store signatures, to fraudulently acquire over Ugx 21 million Ugandan shillings. Further probes exposed the misappropriation of additional millions originally allocated to pay extension workers.
District sources also accused Kahangi of embezzling more than 120 million Ugandan shillings meant for purchasing science equipment and furniture for the district’s newly constructed multi-million production office building. He allegedly forged the signatures of senior officials to facilitate this theft.
Kasyaba disclosed that the District Executive Committee (DEC) has asked Dennis Twesigomwe, the district engineer, to step aside from office for failing to account for close to Ugx 100 million , shadow contractors, unaccounted expenses, and false supplies.
In response to these developments, the Distict Executive Committee has appointed John Habimana as the acting district Engineer.
Kasyaba emphasized that these actions are taken to allow the internal auditor to conduct a thorough analysis of the accounts and expenditures for accountability.
Speaking during the function, the Rubanda District Resident Commissioner, Eric Ssewandigi, issued a stern warning against corruption and embezzlement of government funds, asserting that individuals involved in such acts will face the full force of the law. Other district officials reiterated that the District Executive Committee is mandated to intervene in cases of fund misappropriations within the district.