Eight grilled over media training
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 10:44
Kampala- Detectives at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Directorate have interrogated eight ministry of Water and Environment officials in connection with embezzlement of donor funds meant for training journalists on climate change.
The eight include: Mr Henry Bbosa, a climate change officer, Mr Muhammad Semambo also a climate Change officer incharge Adaptation, Mr Henry Ssentogo, a driver, Mr Bob Natifua, senior climate change officer, Ms Ruth Ssemakula, an administration assistant, Mr Maikutu Chebet, Mr Martin, a trainee and Mr Khalid Muwendo.
According to the ministry records, the eight were part of attendants while some were on the organising committee for the four- day workshop which cost Danida, a Danish non-governmental organisation more than Shs27 million. The workshop which took place in March 2013 raised a number of complaints, forcing Danida to carry out a special audit in which the participants were questioned.
It was later revealed that instead of four days, the ministry only held a one-day workshop with less than 65 participants.
A source in the ministry told the Daily Monitor that, Danida had written to the Minister of Water and Environment asking her to take action and have the Shs27 million refunded.
However, before the minister could act, the ministry’s leadership sacked Mr Lawrence Aribo who had headed the workshop and told him to refund the money.
A month later, the minister of Water and Environment, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, wrote to the director CIID requesting for an investigation into the alleged embezzlement.
Last week, police interrogated six senior officials in the ministry, including the Permanent Secretary, Mr Esimu Okuraja.