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Corruption: Police search MP Mawanda’s Kololo-based home

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Police are searching the home of Igara East MP Michael Mawanda in lower Kololo Terrace pending his trial in the Anti-Corruption Court.

Mawanda was arrested last evening for the alleged mismanagement of Shs 164 billion in compensation for cooperatives and detained at Natete Police Station.

Mawanda and Mbulambuli Constituency MP Ignatius Wamakuyu Mudimi were summoned last week to appear before Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) detectives and record statements over their involvement in the corruption scandal.

The nabbed MP was reportedly involved in the West Mengo Growers Cooperative Society and is reported to have played a crucial role in mismanaging funds.

Last year, the state minister for trade, Harriet Ntababazi, revealed that up to 30 legislators are facing criminal investigation over their alleged role in the embezzlement of Shs 164Bn meant for compensation to cooperative societies.

According to the report that parliament sent to CID and the Inspectorate of Government for further investigations, there were only two MPs supposed to be quizzed. They are Elgon County MP Mudimi Wamakuyu and Igara East MP Michael Mawanda, while former Kyankwanzi District Woman MP Anne Maria Nankabirwa is also a target.

In 2011/2012, the Ugandan government allocated Shs 164 billion to compensate cooperative societies that lost funds and property during wars between 1979 and 2006. The disbursement of funds has been marred by irregularities, with some MPs and government officials accused of conspiring to embezzle the funds.

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