By Simon Abaho
Detectives based at Kibuli Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters are set to arrest the former Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo on allegations of fraud, embezzlement and causing financial loss to the government of Uganda.
Credible sources at CID have revealed that Mbayo was summoned through the office of the speaker of parliament to appear at Kibuli CID headquarters and record a statement on the alleged offences.
According to the summons, Mbayo was expected to appear before the Economic Crime and Financial Intelligence on 15th of September 2021.
On Wednesday, the speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah acknowledged that he received the summons and told parliament that because the former minister who is also the Luuka district woman MP was not in country, he wrote back to the CID informing them that she will report to them as soon as she returns.
Oulanyah was responding to a complaint by Mbayo of being intimidated and harassed by police detectives forcing her to appear before them without following the rightful procedure to summon an MP.
However, sources at CID revealed that detectives are very bitter with Mbayo because she came back into the country almost one and half weeks back but she intentionally refused to appear before them leaving them with only one option of arresting her.
Sources further indicate that Mbayo wanted to make a statement on how the Shs9bn was mismanaged when she was still a minister.
Sources disclosed that the Shs9bn in question was paid by the Electoral Commission (EC) to Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to publish all the winners of the 2021 general elections.
However, over Shs3bn was lost which led to the summoning of a number of officials from EC and UPPC to record statements as investigations on the matter kicked off.
Among those who made statements included Davis Tom Wasswa the former Managing Director UPPC and EC’s Jenniffer Angeyo.
Detectives also intercepted over Shs600m.
The Minister for presidency Milly Babalanda, who is also the line minister for UPPC directed the investigations to be carried out under reference file number GEF 762/2021.
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