By Mable Nakibuuka
Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, who heads the State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SHACU), has cried out to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to rush to her aid before Mafias finish her off.
Nakalema was appointed by President Museveni in December 2018 to weed out corruption officials from all government offices after the Inspector General of Government (IGG) and other concerned authorities failed to fight corruption in the country.
Through her operations, battle-hardened Nakalema has fought corruption at various levels in several government agencies and authorities, whereby she has arrested numerous officials suspected to be engaging in corruption.
She is well remembered for weeding out the rot at Bank of Uganda, where several officers were arrested for engaging in dubious dealings, which included printing excess money, recycling old bills by stealing and returning them into circulation, among other vices.
Nakalema a few days ago squeezed National Resistance Movement (NRM) mobilizer cum presidential adviser Catherine Kusasira and city pastor Mondo Kagonyera over allegations of conniving with another pastor identified as Siraje Ssemanda to con over Shs4Bn from unsuspecting Ugandans.
Also among the landmark cases Nakalema is handling is that of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Executive Director Sylvia Muwembwa who was arrested together with several of her managers over allegations of embezzling government funds and their case is still being heard by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo.
However, although Nakalema has done a good job at fighting corruption, sources reveal that her operations have not been welcomed by several, who regard her as someone who is frustrating their deals and hence making them miss lots of money, while others fear being exposed or arrested by her.
As such, our Moles at State House reveal that it is this category of people who fear getting reprimanded because of their corrupt tendencies that have reportedly started threatening Nakalema and her operatives, reason why she wants the President to intervene.
According to sources close to Nakalema, the said Mafia are not only threatening her but also her investigators, many of who nowadays live in fear for their lives.
Indeed, Nakalema a few months ago attempted to investigate allegations that some government officials had destroyed forests in Mukono District and evicted thousands of Ugandans from their land but her investigations have since hit a dead end after she reportedly realized that all those involved in the land grabbing are either highly connected civil servants or powerful military officers.
Efforts to secure a comment from Nakalema were futile by the time of filing this story because she couldn’t be reached through her office lines.
It should however be noted that complaints of the existence of Mafia within government have always come from both former and current government officials, among them State Minister for Finance Privatisation and Investment Evelyn Anite, former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, to mention but a few.