Sunday July 6 2014

IGG names civil servants in forgery

By Francis Mugerwa

Hoima- The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has implicated two staff of the National Agricultural Advisory Services in using forged academic documents to gain employment.

In a report referenced as HMA/07/02/2013 to the Masindi chief administrative officer, the Deputy IGG, Mr George Bamugemereire, said Mr Gerald Bagonza and Ms Anifa Asaba in December 2012, presented academic documents that were not theirs while seeking employment as Naads providers in Masindi Municipality.

The report stated that the two officers obtained two-year contracts in Kigulya Division on the basis of diploma certificates purportedly awarded to them by Bukalasa Agricultural College.

In a written statement to the IGG, which this newspaper has seen, Ms Asaba insists her academic documents are genuine.

“I completed my training at Centenary Community College Kayunga, which is an affiliate of Bukalasa Agricultural College,” Ms Asaba said.
Mr Bagonza too denied any wrongdoing.

Writing to the IGG
The report says the Bukalasa Agricultural College Academic Registrar, Mr Emmanuel Adengu, wrote to the IGG on July 11 2013, stating that Bagonza had never been a student at the college.

On July 26, 2013, Mr Adengu wrote to the IGG confirming that Asaba had studied at Centenary Community College, an affiliate to Bukalasa College but added that the transcript issued to her which was dated January 15, 2013, was forged.

The IGG asked Masindi CAO to refer the two officers to the District Service Commission for disciplinary action for uttering false documents.

In a related development, the IGG has directed Hoima District CAO George Ntulume to commit Tonya Parish Chief Joseph Ibaale to the district Service Commission for prosecution on charges of using academic documents belonging to another person, Jackson Kyamanywa, to gain employment as parish chief.

In a report referenced HMA/05/10/11, the IGG said Mr Ibaale presented an O-Level certificate issued in 1991 from Duhaga SS, to the Hoima District Service Commission which appointed him as a parish chief in July 1997.

During interrogation with the investigators, the IGG says Mr Ibaale admitted presenting a false document and was taken to police where he recorded a statement.

When Sunday Monitor sought his comment, Mr Ibaale denied the allegations against him.