Covid-19 Relief Items Found at Home of OPM Top Official

On Friday, Police led by the District Police Commander, Rogers Chebene raided the Commissioner in-charge of Disaster Preparedness and management in the Office of the Prime Minister, Martin Owor’s home in Tororo after a tip-off from a whistleblower before recovering several relief items. According to what is gathered, the whistleblower saw the items being ferried to Owor’s home.

Items recovered at Owor’s home included; bags of posho, beans, jerrycans and other relief items.

Owor was arrested by Lt. col Edith Nakalema together with the Permanent Secretary, Christine Guwatudde Kintu, Joel Wanjala(Accounting officer) and Fred Lutimba( Assistant Commissioner in charge of procurement) on Thursday on allegations that four were inflating the prices and rejecting lower price offers from various suppliers of maize flour and beans.

The State House Anti- Corruption Unit led by Lt.Col. Edith Nakalema confirmed the items were recovered from Owor’s home in Tororo.

“We found hundreds of kilos of food and other items meant to support Ugandans in need stored in Owor’s house,” Nakalema tweeted.

At the home, police found 22 bags of rice, 22 bags of posho, 22 bags of beans in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees labelled bags, sewing machines, empty jerrycans, hand hoes, ox-ploughs and gumboots all suspected to be relief items for the vulnerable supplied through the Office of the Prime Minister.

“As directed by the president, we will make sure that anyone abusing their offices especially in these challenging days of Covid-19 is brought to book. We rely on information provided by you the public. Keep it coming because we are in this fight together,” Lt.Col.Nakalema said.

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