Lt. Col. Nakalema

The State House Anti-Corruption Unit in partnership with officials from the Office of Auditor General on Wednesday raided the Wakiso district zonal lands offices over allegations that officials there connive with brokers to fleece government of taxes in form of stamp duty as well as denying the public quality services.

The Wednesday raid was led by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema helped by detectives of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The operation is said to have been sanctioned by president Museveni after receiving reports on the rot in the land offices of the district.

Sources say staff in the lands office connivance with middlemen to place low values on the land transacted so as government receives less revenue while the remainder is shared between them.

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Ms Nakalema was told a senior lands officer has closed her officer for one month as she son her annual leave. Meanwhile the investigators ordered all staff out of their rooms so they could carry out a search on documents and others.

Museveni launched State House Anti-Corruption Unit over a week ago to enable the people to call directly to report cases of corruption in public offices. The unit works hand in hand with other agencies like the IGG and CID.