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DPP drops charges against OPM officials in Covid-19 relief scandal

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped charges against 4 Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) officials in Covid-19 relief scandal (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA —The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped charges against 4 Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) officials who had been accused of inflating prices of food meant for the vulnerable poor under the COVID-19 food relief program.

The officials include former OPM Permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde Kintu, and accounting officer Joel Wanjala, assistant procurement commissioner Fred Lutimba and Martin Owor, head of COVID-19 relief management.

An anti-corruption unit in the president office, had arrested them after conducted a special investigation into the procurement of the relief items last year.

The investigators discovered the officials were “inflating prices and rejecting lower price offers from various suppliers of maize flour and beans.

Corruption is rampant in Uganda but implicated top government officials rarely get successfully prosecuted.

Technocrats in the OPM have previously been accused of siphoning funds meant for refugees, accusations that led to some donors to temporarily halt aid.

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