The Inspectorate of Government has not given up on the case involving a bricklayer who is accused of stealing 1.9 billion shillings from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). The inspectorate’s spokesperson, Ali Munira, mentioned in an interview on Thursday, October 5, 2023, that they are actively searching for Richard Ssempagala, a resident of Wakiso district. The accusation revolves around a piece of land situated in a forest reserve for which Ssempagala is expected to compensate.
According to Munira, Ssempagala and his two associates, Muhammed Kamoga and Hussein Mugumya, purportedly asserted to UNRA that Plot 285 Block Grant 537 in the Busiro Forest Reserve, located in Nakigalala, Katale, belonged to them. They claimed entitlement to compensation to facilitate a road project.
Ssempagala’s accomplices, however, have already surrendered properties valued at 2.5 billion shillings, in addition to repaying 2 billion shillings to the Government.
Munira disclosed that Ssempagala is still evading authorities and has not responded to the Inspectorate of Government’s summons to address charges related to the alleged theft. Munira emphasized that the inspectorate remains committed to pursuing the case.
She also noted that the properties forfeited by Kamoga and Mugumya are situated in Busega, Wakiso district, specifically at Plot 800, Block 20, and Nakitokolo Block 328 Plot 437.
Allegations suggest that the trio illicitly misappropriated 4 billion shillings’ worth of UNRA property without any legitimate claim. The Inspectorate of Government states that these offenses occurred between 2011 and 2012 and reiterates that the trio had no entitlement to compensation due to the land’s status as a forest reserve.
In the previous year, IGG Beti Kamya issued a notice urging individuals with information leading to Ssempagala’s arrest to contact her office. She stated, “The Inspectorate of Government therefore appeals to whoever has information which may lead to his arrest and prosecution to pass it in confidence at the Inspectorate of Government offices located on Plot 14 Parliament Avenue, Jubilee Insurance Centre or ring telephone number 0414-342113.”