Crime

STATE HOUSE ARRESTS 30 NTUNGAMO OFFICIALS OVER MISUSE OF 3BILLION

By Van Deguras

NTUNGAMO: At least 30 Ntungamo district Local government employees including health workers, administrators and politicians were arrested in a month-long investigation by the statehouse health monitoring unit personnel who were in the district to monitor the performance of health systems.

15 of the arrested were medical workers and medical administrators of health units according to a report by the team.

A report released to the Ntungamo district stakeholders at the district council hall on Wednesday by the Deputy Unit Head Dr. Julian Nabatanzi specified key leakages and mismanagement indicators in the health system as well as key breakthroughs in some health centres.

Dr. Nabatanzi said the team that started their investigations at the beginning of October first arrested the officers in charge of Rukoni health center, Rwashamaire health center, Rubaare health center and Kitwe health center.

They later arrested the Ntungamo chief administrative officer, chief finance officer, District internal auditor and senior internal auditor.

Other health workers were arrested from different health units including private health facilities according to Dr Brian Asiimwe the head of medical investigations of the unit.

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None of the arrested was however produced in court over the accusations against them. They were all released on police bond.

The team said they found out that over three billion shillings was mismanaged in various health units in the district and the district health office.

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