Ag. NAGRIC ED Arrested over Shs240m fraud

The State House Anti-Corruption Unit has Monday night arrested the Acting Executive Director, National Animal Genetic Resources Center & Data Bank, Entebbe.

Well-placed sources say Dr. Anthony Ntate was arrested by the Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema team and detained at the Central Police Station, Kampala.

This news site understands that his arrest followed a February 13, 2020 petition to the unit by a one Edison Naijuka over conflict of interest in matters procurement.

According to the petitioner, while Ntate served as Deputy Production Manager and Chairperson, Contracts Committee, he used his position to operate as Procurement Officer.

As a result, he influenced recruitment and sourcing of own brothers companies so as to pass his deals easily.

The said companies belonging to Joseph Balironda’s family are; Cardino Partners Consult Ltd and Balix Imports & Exports Ltd.

To this, the petitioner wrote, Ntate awarded contract of supplying fencing poles to his brother’s companies without declaring conflict of interest.

One of these contracts, according to the petitioner, is contained under reference number NAGRC/SUPLS/18-19/00001 with call off order number P00002 dated November 9, 2018. The supply was worth Shillings 241, 917, 700 million.

It is after this deal that the petitioner, through, Credo and Co. Advocates rushed to Nakalema and reported a corruption matter and this should explain Ntate’s arrest and detention on charges of corruption and abuse of office.

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