Four members of Hoima City Service Commission have been arrested for alleged abuse of office and forgery.
The officials include chairperson Amir Nsamo, principal assistant town clerk Ahamad Mugisa, Donald Bategeka and Ibrahim Bigabwa, both members of the commission.
They were arrested on Monday by detectives from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SHACU). Mariam Natasha, SHACU senior communications officer said that the suspects have been transferred to Kampala where they will be charged with various counts before the Anti-Corruption court.
She says without divulging more details that the officials are accused of alleged abuse of office and altering results for the recently conducted interviews to fill the various vacant positions in Hoima city.
Recently, authorities in Hoima advertised various existing vacant positions including teachers, health workers, and law enforcement officers among others. This is not the first time Hoima city officials are being accused of abuse of office and corruption. Earlier in March this year, three Hoima city council staff were arrested and detained at Hoima central police station for alleged abuse of office.
The officials were accused of approving a plan for a condemned building. They reportedly approved the construction of a storied building on top of the condemned Cadam building along Old-Tooro road in April 2022.
Then, a team of officials from the National Building Review Board (NBRB) headed by Jafar Magezi, the head of enforcement discovered the anomalies upon inspection of the condemned structure after several complaints were raised by Hoima city residents.
The team directed the officials to immediately record statements with the police and halted the construction works with immediate effect. Upon inspection and supervision of the facility, it was discovered that the developer had not submitted structural drawings to the building committee contrary to regulations.
The team also found the contractor was using dilapidated construction materials including rusted and weak iron bars. The condemned structure was being developed by Margaret Kyenkya, a tycoon in Masindi municipality who is currently based in the United States of America.