The Police Force has named a five man team to carry out an audit on AIGP Godfrey Bangirana, the embattled Police Director in charge of Logistics and Engineering.
In a message by the Police’s Chief of Joint Staff, Brig. Jack Bakasumba, the five man team will be headed by Detective Senior Superintendent of Police, Denis Okuja and will verify and confirm the stock balances in the department.
According to Police spokesperson, the five-man team will take a look at the stock in all the departments in the Logistics and Engineering directorate.
“They will verify each of the departments including fleet, classified stores, quartermaster, garment factory and general supplies will hand over their reports to be verified,”Enanga said.
“They will oversee the physical stock.”
The fleet management department of the police force is in charge of their vehicles and fuel; the classified stores department is in charge of firearms, ammunitions and teargas canisters among others whereas the garment factory is in charge of manufacturing police uniforms.
AIGP Bangirana was recently ordered out of office by the High Court in Kampala until the case in which a private individual is challenging his continued stay in office when his contract is now yet renewed after expiry.
In a suit where the Attorney General has also been listed as a respondent, Isaac Maddo, who addresses himself as a Ugandan of sound mind says Bangirana’s continued stay in office after expiry of his term is illegal and unlawful that court needs to order for his vacation.
“The continued receipt of salary and emoluments by the second defendant (Bangirana) while in office is unlawful and a wastage of government resources and court should order him to refund all the emoluments received after the expiry of his contract,” Maddo says in his suit.
Bangirana’s problems started when he was accused of inflating prices of police supplies in a bid to eat something out of their procurement.
A concerned citizen last year petitioned the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to carry out investigations into a number of deals in the police force under AIGP Godfrey Bangirana, the director in charge of logistics among others including the deal to repair the forces’ chopper in which he was accused of inflating the cost.
The police force had officially been handed the BELL 206B seven-seater chopper made in the US by Yamasec Security Limited, a company that had done refurbishment on the chopper that had been grounded for over 10 years.
During the function to launch it, the refurbished chopper on two occasions failed to start prompting engineers to rush to fix the problem until it, at last, hovered in the skies.
In an August 24, 2018 letter to the IGG and received on 27, a concerned citizen tasked the IGG to look into a number of procurement deals in the Police force overseen by AIGP Bangirana as the director in charge of logistics for the force.
“He has superintended over gross procurement flaws that have not only affected the police force but also the various suppliers who have various contracts with the force,” read in part, the concerned citizen’s letter.
The whistleblower also asked the IGG to look into the construction of Nateete police station which he said has been quoted to have cost shs100bn yet on its ‘face value’ it does not seem to cost more than shs20 billion.
It was also alleged that Bangirana had caused accumulation of debts in excess of Shs100b in the police arising from goods and service the suppliers provided and presided over supply of police fuel to private individuals causing a financial loss of Shs200b to the force.
The IGG last year confirmed investigations into Bangirana’s illicit wealth were ongoing.