By Our Reporter
ENTEBBE, Uganda[SHIFTMEDIA] The rampant corruption at Immigration Departments across the country will be melted, our intelligence sources have revealed.
Highly places sources revealed to us yesterday that the fountain of honor, President Yoweri Museveni had instructed State House Anti Corruption Unit headed by Brig Henry Isoke to “sort the corruption issue immediately.
High corruption reported at Immigration
Whoever has been at the passport office or flying in or out of Entebbe International Airport or any border crossing point knows how these men and women dressed in White and Green “steal” with impunity. The corruption and demand for bribes from these officers on duty is terrible.
A glance at the parking outside Ministry of Internal Affairs along Old Port-bell road adjacent to meat packers will show you how these officers drive posh cars yet they earn like any civil servants.
Our undercover investigations unearthed that on a daily basis, each officer goes home with not less a million shillings. Though measures have been instituted to restrict cash transactions at the passport offices, these shrewd men and women are way class apart when it comes to demanding bribes especially from innocent and vulnerable Ugandans desperate for passport to travel abroad for jobs and for foreigners seeking work permits or resident permits.
Three arrested in Entebbe
Early this week The State House Anti Corruption Unit in liaison with Uganda Police arrested three immigration officers at Entebbe International Airport over bribery allegations.
The trio identified (Below) as Caroline Kabugo (shift Supervisor), Martha Mboneko & Julius Musalwa (Immigration officers) were arrested on 3rd March 2022 following a tip off from a whistleblower.
According to the State House Anti- Corruption Unit, the three allegedly abused their office when they caused a refugee to miss her flight purporting that she had forged clearance documents from the Office of the Prime Minister to the contrary.
“The traveler has since incurred extra costs in excess of $1800. Investigations are being carried out,” the State House Anti- corruption Unit statement read in part.
“The three allegedly abused their office when they caused a refugee to miss her flight purporting that she had forged clearance documents from the OPM to the contrary,” the anti-graft unit said in a Thursday afternoon statement. The traveller is said to have incurred extra costs in excess of $1,800.
More arrests lined up
We have established that the new tough State House Anti Corruption Unit boss Brig. Henry Isoke wants to start from where his predecessor Col. Edith Nakalema stopped. Nakalema is currently undergoing a year long course at the Jinja based Military Academy.
Our sources revealed that an impromptu operation will be conducted in all immigration departments and border crossing points by undercover placed operatives. “Expect more arrests in the coming weeks. These corrupt men and women will be wiped out, enough is enough,” said the source who requested to remain anonymous.
Immediately the three Immigration officers were nabbed, theHealth Monitoring Unit under state House headed by Dr.Warren Namara also swung into action arresting the Dr. Baterana Byarugaba hithertoo the Mulago Hospital Executive Director over abuse of office and causing financial loss to the tune of UGX28 billion.
Dr. Baterana has since been charged and interdicted by the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine