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By Mulengera Reporter

Martin Owor, the Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), is steadily becoming the poster child of the Covid19 relief food scandal after the Lt Col Edith Nakalema-led State House Anti-Corruption Unit uncovered exhibits that could further buttress the assertion that the official has for long been involved in theft.

On Thursday, Owor was arrested alongside OPM Permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde Kintu, Accounting Officer Joel Wanjala, and Assistant Commissioner Procurement Fred Lutimba for reportedly inflating the prices of maize flour and beans meant for the vulnerable poor in Kampala and Wakiso districts during the Covid19 lockdown. The four have since been detained by Police and the Force continues to investigate the matter.

Nakalema says she was directed by President Yoweri Museveni to leave no stone unturned in her quest to ensure that all officials abusing their offices “especially in these challenging days of Covid19 [are] brought to book.”

As soon as the arrests were made Thursday, the Head of State House Anti-Corruption Unit dispatched a team of detectives to search Owor’s home after members of the public volunteered information that the official had been hiding some of the relief items in his upcountry house. At Owor’s Tororo home, said Nakalema, detectives found “hundreds of kilos of food and other items meant to support Ugandans in need.”

The items found at Owor’s home included boxes of mosquito nets, cups, sewing machines and gumboots, most of them donated by United Nations refugee agency UNHCR – and clearly labelled so – to help refugees.  More items were picked from another house belonging to Owor’s brother.

Investigators are now considering extending their probe to the various properties owned by Owor, as well as the homes of his three co-accused.  An audit into how the OPM Commissioner became so wealthy is also another line of investigation the Nakalema-commanded unit is mulling over. The wealth of Commissioner, Owor, a former deputy Chief Administrative Officer (Cao) for Hoima District, has shocked Ugandans after Mulengera News published a story on some of his properties in Hoima. (See: INDICTED OPM BOSS’ SHOCKING RICHES, PROPERTIES EXPOSED).

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