Judiciary’s procurement officer fired for soliciting bribes

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By ANTHONY WESAKA

KAMPALA- The Judiciary has fired one of its procurement officers who was reportedly implicated in at least four cases related to soliciting kickbacks from various suppliers in order to award them tenders.

Mr Alex Isingoma, an Assistant Procurement Officer who confessed to have involved himself in soliciting bribes from suppliers, was fired on June 6 by Mr Kagole Kivumbi, the accounting officer.

He was accordingly ordered to hand over his office with immediate effect.

“Please note that to maintain a high standard of personal conduct and integrity, both in public and private life is an obligation for all public officers, be on contract or not as paragraph F-a 2 of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders (2010 Edition) refers,” reads in part the termination to Mr Isingoma

The termination letter further reads: “Consequently, your temporary Local Contract Appointment as a procurement Assistant has been terminated with effect from 6th June 2018.”

Information indicates that the first complaint against Mr Isingoma was reported in 2017 and he was subsequently cautioned by the permanent secretary

But a similar compliant by service providers of the Judiciary was registered in February prompting the re-opening of the investigations.

The investigations further revealed that the implicated officer at one time went to the home of one of the suppliers to follow-up on the payment.

When he was confronted with the information, the officer confessed to have  been involved in the unethical and unprofessional act and sought for forgiveness of the permanent secretary.

In a related development, Mr Kivumbi has suspended a court clerk attached to Luweero Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly frustrating justice by hiding a court file.

Ms Aisha Kutesa was suspended with effect from June 6.

“I have received a report from the Uganda Police to the effect that criminal proceedings are being instituted against you for among other issues, the alleged forgery of letters of administration which documents were found on a file that had mysteriously disappeared from Luweero Chief Magistrates Court,” the suspension letter to Ms Kutesa reads in part. “In accordance with Regulation 38 (1) b of the Public Service Commission Regulations 2009 and Section F-s8 of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, public interest requires that you cease to perform the functions of the court clerk/interpreter in the Courts of Judicature.”

During her interdiction, Ms Kutesa will be earning half pay and not allowed go near the court premises.

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