Terror at Parliament as Officers are Arrested for Leaking Data on Shs 2.8bn Vehicles

A darkish cloud is hovering over Parliament after senior officers had been arrested for reportedly leaking details about the scandalous procurement of Shs 2.8bn luxurious automobiles for Speaker Anita Amongst and her deputy Thomas Tayebwa.

ChimpReports has realized {that a}  variety of Parliament officers had been arrested, detained, searched and their devices confiscated over the paperwork that had been “leaked” to the media regarding the buy of the ceremonial automobiles.

When the director of Communications Chris Obore was requested to clear the air in regards to the arrests on Twitter, he claimed the officers violated standing orders of parliament. 

It’s not clear what standing orders he was referring to because the Human Useful resource guide of Parliament which talks in regards to the oath of secrecy refers to confidential materials.

Procurement is a public course of that the regulation (PPDA act and the PPDA guidelines) requires publication within the newspapers, on the procuring entity’s web site and see boards.

“The working atmosphere is poisonous right here at Parliament,” stated a senior workers member who has served on the August Home for 15 years.

“By no means earlier than have we seen any such harassment of Parliament workers,” the supply added.

“The brand new Parliament management has created spy rings to watch what we do and whom we converse to. The arrest of our colleagues has worsened the scenario. It’s a reign of terror.”

This web site has realized that the officers who had been arrested final week had been briefly detained on orders of the Parliament’s management. 

The officers, whose names we’ll not reveal for safety causes, had been additionally pressured to reveal their contacts within the media.

The rights of those officers; proper to privateness and liberty had been grossly violated as a result of they had been subjected to an unlawful arrest and search.

A few of their properties particularly communication devices haven’t been returned by the CID officers as much as this second and their job safety has been threatened as they’ve been informed they are going to be dismissed over this “crime”.

The cops who raided Parliament officers’ house didn’t even carry search warrants, elevating considerations in regards to the legality of the train.

Anger

Reviews that Parliament shopped for the luxurious, self-driving, seventh technology luxurious Mercedes Benz ceremonial automobiles for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker unsettled the nation contemplating that the nation was grappling with a critical financial meltdown that has seen residents lose companies and different sources of livelihood.

The 2 S-Class collection, L500 L AMG Line autos price a whopping Pound Sterling 520,000 (Shs 2.8bn). 

Parliament was speeding to purchase the automobiles forward of the State of the Nation handle final week.

Agather Atuhaire, who investigated the saga, stated the procurement of the automobiles was performed irregularly. 

“When the earlier contracts committee refused to approve the procurement of the autos from what appeared like a briefcase firm, it was unexpectedly dissolved and a brand new one instituted to clear the pressing concern,” stated Atuhaire, an investigative journalist.

The previous contracts committee raised a number of problems with the supplying firm which included missing bid safety and had been unable to offer guarantee.

The corporate additionally had no expertise of supplying such autos and lacked a producer’s authorization.

Atuhaire now fears for her life after exposing the rot at Parliament.  

“Contemplating the circumstances we function in(abuse of authority being the order of the day), I’m naturally frightened about my life and liberty. However we will overcome,” stated Atuhaire.

The earlier administration of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had two ceremonial automobiles which price about Shs 800m. 

“Two automobiles purchased at Shs 2.8bn when the remainder of the nation is being requested to tighten belts and keep away from extravagance shouldn’t be highlighted?” puzzled a one Collins Kabanda on Twitter.

“These are the fellows supposed to maintain the manager in verify and the establishment is behaving the identical!”

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