The director of Uganda Police Force’s Logistics and Engineering Department Godfrey Bangirana is due to face the Inspectorate of Government to explain the exorbitant cost at which a junk helicopter was repaired at a cost of Shs. 10bn.
According to a petition to the Inspector General of government by a concerned citizen, AIGP Bangirana is accused of superintending over gross procurement flaws that have not only affected the police force but also the various suppliers who have various contracts with the force.
The petitioner also wants the IGG to interest herself on the procurement processes conducted by Bangirana where police has now accumulated a debt of over Shs. 125bn it owes to different service providers.
The former Gen Kayihura confidant is also accused of endorsing for payments only friendly companies and individuals.
“He is the man behind the fuel scam where he paid billions of shillings to Petrol Companies and had his proxies fetch police fuel but also sometimes going through back doors to pick physical cash from the fuel stations,” the IGG letter sent by a concerned citizen reads.
The petitioner also complained that “most annoying recently he left out many supplier companies and individuals who demand billions of shillings from the police and decided to selectively approve payment of the sister of senior military General (names withheld) identified as Karen Kayinza”.
This year, police launched an old chopper at Kajjansi at a cost of Shs.10bn a figure which was highly contested.
The repair of the helicopter brought to four the number of helicopters belonging to the police force after the 2015 purchase of two helicopters. Police is in the process of procuring two more helicopters.
Mr. Bangirana is also wanted to explain how police lost billions of Shillings of money to the public who were endorsed to consume police fuel for their private activities yet in some circumstances, police patrol vehicles did not have fuel.
“By 2015, police had accumulated a debt to a tune of shs.125 billion since 2015 services providers had never been paid. He is tasked with overseeing police Fleet, fuel, procurement, supply food and more supplies to the force including weapons”. He adds
There are also questions of at least 4000 guns that are said to have illegally ended at Kabalye Uganda Police training school.
Justice Julia Ssebutinde in a Police Probe, pointed fingers at him and the concerned citizen wants all this revisited.
“I think it is important you investigate the selective payment methods. You may also need to take a keen interest in the wealth accumulated by Mr. Bangirana. Has he declared it? Can he account for such wealth?” the petitioner questions.
“His directorate is considered the most corrupt in the police force”.
Questions about the cost of the construction of Nateete Police Station are also being raised where no official cost was pegged to the works but knowledgeable sources say it was billed at Shs. 100bn a cost which is highly contested.
The petitioner also wants IGG to base investigations on the cost of Nateete police Station, selective payments of suppliers, cost of refurbishing police chopper, Bangirana source of wealth, revisiting the Justice Julie Ssebutinde findings and why Police fuel ended to individuals
It is indicated that although police directors have not yet had their contracts renewed, the one for Bangirana was recently renewed.
Bangirana is considered as one of the wealthiest cop in Uganda courtesy of the directorate he supervises.
It should be remembered that after his office caused police debt of shs 125 billion since 2015, his former boss Gen Kale Kayihura came out and appealed to government to cover the debt.
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