The Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), David Livingstone Ebiru, was sent on Wednesday to the Parliamentary Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) for interrogation after confessing that he provided a bribe of Shs100 million to the Bureau board members.
While appearing before Parliament’s Committee on Public Accounts, Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi, Ebiru revealed that he borrowed Shs100 million and handed it over to Mr. Robert Mwanje, one of the board members, on behalf of the board chairperson, Charles Musekuura.
He says the alleged bribe was aimed at preventing the termination of his contract after a report from the Inspector General of Government (IGG) recommended his sacking from the Bureau due to a lack of qualifications and incompetence.
Meanwhile, Ebiru was faulted for failing to take action against the Bureau staff, who allegedly received bribes of over Shs19 billion from traders to allow them to import fake goods into the country.
Musekuura accused Ebiru of mismanaging Shs12.5 billion and causing a financial loss to the national standards body.
“I borrowed the 100 million shillings. He [Robert Mwanje] came to my office and picked it up,” Ebiru told COSASE. However, the board members denied receiving the money, which prompted Ssenyonyi to direct CID officers to interrogate Ebiru further.
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