On Thursday, the anti-corruption unit led by Lt. Edith Nakalema arrested four officials in the Office of the Prime Minister accused of hiking food prices.
The four officials included Martin Owor(head of disaster preparedness), Christine Kintu (Permanent secretary OPM), Joel Wanjala (Assistant of procurement) and Fred Lutimba (Commissioner disaster management). The four were accused of conniving with suppliers to soar food prices on top of hindering potential competition from other cheap suppliers.
After their arrest, social media was blanketed with accusations implicating members of the first family to have been part of the deal. People pinned the first lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni to have aided the entire process of granting patent rights to the high prices Aponye Uganda Limited. As the accusations gained more weight, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has today dismissed these claims saying they are just malicious rumours that are intended to discredit his efforts. The PM disputes the accusation that he is in charge of the purchases. He says much as he heads the taskforce, he is not in charge of buying the supplies. “My attention has been drawn to a malicious fabrication making rounds on various social media platforms linking me, the First Lady and HE the president to the procurement issues of beans and posho meant for the people most affected by the lockdown measures. I would like to inform all of hoy that this is absolutely not true. It should be ignored and treated with the contempt it deserves, Rugunda said in a statement. Rugunda also adds he does not have any links with the suppliers of the posho and beans relief. “Therefire I dismiss these fabrications,” he adds.