The Directorate of Crime Intelligence in coordination with Kampala Metropolitan East Police, have arrested three Officials from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) who allegedly demanded bribes to process and release reports on samples submitted by factory owners from the UNBS laboratory.
SCP Fred Enanga said a task team linked up with employees of HUA HUI International, who own a factory located at Kapeeka in Luweero District that specialises in the manufacture of sanitary ware products. The proprietors had submitted samples for squatting pans, wash down water closets and wash basins, on the 12.06.2023.
According to Police, John Sanyu, the material Analyst Engineer claimed the samples had been tested by Okeny David and did not meet the required standards. He demanded for a bribe of Ugx 2m, for them to generate a favourable report in relation to the submitted samples.
“As a result, a trap was set up in Bweyogerere, and the suspect arrested with the bribe that was solicited in close coordination with the victims,” said Enanga.
Sanyu further revealed that his charge was Ugx 500.000 and the balance of Ugx 1,500,000 was for David Okenya and Elias Bawabya for Laboratory tests.
According to SCP Enanga bribery is a form of corruption in which there is an abuse of entrusted power or position for private gain. It is an inducement or reward offered, promised, provided or received, directly or indirectly, to gain any commercial, contractual, regulatory or personal advantage.
“It is unacceptable because it affects the ability of Ministries, Departments and Agencies and their respective responsibilities. All government officials are required to act honestly, with integrity and to safeguard the public service delivery for which they are responsible,” said SCP Enanga.
The suspects were produced to the Anti-Corruption Court on charges of Corruption c/s 2(a) and 26(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 as amended and remanded to Luzira.