By Aggrey Twesigye
The secretary for Kitagwenda District Service Commission Paul Mutalya is under investigation over alleged bribery.
According to the statement by the Kitagwenda District Police Commander (DPC) Henry Mugarura, Mutalya is allegedly accused of soliciting a bribe and investigations are already underway into the matter.
Milton Ayebazibwe, a teacher at Kyabatimbo Primary School alleges that he applied for a Parish chief position and Mutalya asked him to pay a token of two million to secure him a job.
Ayebazibwe narrates that they agreed that he would immediately pay first installment of 1.1 million so that the remaining 900,000 shillings be paid later after the interview commencement.
He adds that after commencement of interview, Mutalya demanded for more 2.5 million to make it 3.6 million but he failed to raise the balance.
Ayebazibwe says he decided to ask for his money (1.1 million) and get out of the agreement but Mutalya declined to pay back.
Phone call audio recordings accessed by www.mknewslink.com confirm that Mutalya received a sum of 1.1 million and was in agreement with Ayebazibwe.
www.mknewslink.com approached Mutalya at Kitagwenda Central Police Station for a comment on the allegations pinned against him; he however declined to comment.
Kitagwenda district chairperson Ismail Mushemeza told www.mknewslink.com that he had received complaints from Ayebazibwe about the issue and advised him to go to police for any further assistance.
Speaking to this www.mknewslink.com , Joseph Ssekasamba, the Kitagwenda Deputy Resident District Commissioner pointed out that cases of corruption and bribery have been rampant in the district.
He said that the accused is not alone on the list since there are more people who could be involved in the act and promised that investigations will keep ongoing to identify whoever is a culprit.
The Uganda Anti- corruption Act No.6 of 2009 provides the effective prevention of corruption and bribery in both public and private sector and whoever commits the offence of bribery can be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, fine, or both.
Apparently, the suspect is being detained at Kitagwenda Police station on case reference; S/D: REF: 31/14/02/2022 for thorough investigations to proceed.
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