Uganda Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has confirmed that they are investigating the Executive Secretary of the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board (DAPCB), George William Bizibu over Shs1.6 billion fraudulent deal.
Its alleged that Mr Bizibu took the money from Margaret Ssekidde, the proprietor of Seroma Ltd and failed to deliver the property to the businesswoman.
Ms Ssekidde reported the matter to President Yoweri Museveni who in turn asked for an investigation into the affairs of DAPCB.
CID Spokesperson Charles Twine said top Custodian Board bosses including executive secretary Mr Bizibu are being investigated on orders of President Museveni.
CID is carrying out the investigations with the help of State House Anti Corruption Unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.
In 2019, Auditor General unearthed rot in the DAPCB.
In his special report to Parliament, AG John Muwanga revealed that the board misused public funds through fictitious compensations of up to Shs1.7 billion, double allocation of properties, forged land titles, sale of assets without proper valuation and missing documents, among other illegalities.
These irregularities were blamed on ‘a busy board’ [that includes government officials such as ministers], which failed to monitor the property transactions.
Muwanga said that the Board chaired by Finance minister Matia Kasaija failed to maintain proper books of accounts and annual financial statements were not prepared. As a result, it took his office over 15 years to audit the Board activities.
According to Daily Monitor, Kasaija claimed that unspecified amount of money was paid to undisclosed claimants for properties, which were sold by the Custodian Board prior to receiving repossession claims by original owners.
However, without the schedule and respective claim files supporting the compensation amounts in question, the Auditor General said: “I was therefore unable to confirm the authenticity of these claims.”
The AG also inspected 139 properties in Jinja Municipality and found that the Board did appoint qualified professionals to value the properties. There was also no complete list of tenants and properties. The AG further discovered cases of duplicated allocation of properties, abandoned properties, irregular disposal of properties, arrears of ground rent and unscrupulous property managers. He said these irregularities resulted in loss of government properties.
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