Two officials from Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have been charged and by the Anti-Corruption Court on allegations of soliciting and receiving a bribe from the Manager Mukama Nayamba located in Sheema District.
The two suspects are Shaka Vitalias and Mwamule Norman both employees of UNBS working at Mbarara regional offices, as a head of Inspection and Surveillance respectively.
It is alleged that on July 29, 2020 the suspects who were driving an official car registration number UAJ 486X Nissan pickup, went to Mukama Nayamba processing factory and introduced themselves and indicated that they had come to do official business of inspection.
Unfortunately, upon completion of their inspection they intimated that the factory had failed to measure to the standards and threatened to close it. Scared of their actions, the Manager of the factory offered them one million which they declined, but insisted that they needed Shs10 million.
According to police, with the continued engagement, the two parties settled at Shs6 million which was handed over to Shaka Vitalias. The suspect later came a week after and demanded more money to the dismay of the workers at Mukama Nayamba.
But on consultation with their MD, a position was reached that these people should be tracked and be arrested. Indeed a Shs3 million trap was set to which the suspects succumbed to on August 6, 2020.
The suspects were then arrested, searched and found in possession of the money, and detained at Sheema Police Station.
Police opened a case file CRB 496/2020 was opened, investigations expedited and charges of corruption C/S 2(a)&26 of the Anti-Corruption 2009 as Amended were sanctioned and dully consented to.
The suspects were re-arrested and brought to Kampala where they appeared today 15/10/2020 before His worship Moses Nabende and remanded till October 23, 2020 for hearing of their bail application.