President Yoweri Museveni has suspended two Immigration directorate officials pending investigations by police and Inspectorate of Government
The two are Godfery Sasaga, the Director Immigration and Commissioner Anthony Namara.
In letter to the Minister of Internal Affairs which was copied to the Permanent Secretary in the same ministry, Museveni directed the two to handover office to PS Dr Benon Mutambi Mugisha.
In his letter Museveni says the two should be investigated on the wide range of things stretching to misuse of funds but most important the procurement of E-Passport.
Eagle Online has established that before Museveni’s action, he had sanctioned investigations and they were reportedly being carried out by a Special Forces Command operatives led by a one Musinguzi and another man from the Privatization Unit.
The procurement of the E-Passport has reportedly pitted two camps against each other: one is allegedly led by a State Minister in the finance hailing from Western Uganda and in his camp are reportedly a senior powerful civil servant lady around the President and a senior Minister also around the President and hailing from Busoga. The other camp, according to sources, comprises another influential member of the first family in whose camp the two immigration officials were. It is this camp, sources say, that emerged winner of the procurement process.
Further, according to the sources, in one of the meetings held in State House Nakasero, the two camps traded insults before Museveni leading to the investigations. Uganda is in the process of actualizing the E-Passport and the process has been on for the last two years.
Meanwhile, as the two immigration officials are being investigated by the CIID and IGG, the Internal Affairs PS, Dr Mutambi is also reportedly under investigation at IGG in relation to his tenure at Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), where he was the Chief Executive Officer. It is alleged that Dr. Mutambi, while at ERA, he and others formed a company which in turn got contracts to supply materials to same agency.
Efforts to get comment from the above officials were futile by press time.