Anti-corruption Unit Arrests Man Who Disguised as Land Probe Official and Took Shs 3.5M Bribe

The suspect, Steven Mwembe in handcuffs after his arrest.

A man has been arrested by the Anti-corruption Unit of State House after he was allegedly found soliciting for a bribe.

According to the Unit’s post on Twitter, the suspect identified as Steven Mwembe was soliciting for a bribe worth Shs 3.5m under the guise of speeding up the process of resolving a land dispute.

Mwembe was disguising himself as an official working with the Commission of Inquiry on land matters which is chaired by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

“Yesterday, acting on a tip we received, an imposter Steven Mwembe was caught red-handed soliciting for a bribe worth UGX. 3,500,000, to fast track the handling of a land complaint,” the Anti-corruption Unit tweeted on Wednesday.

The arrest is the latest case in a number of recent incidents in which arrests have been made (including government officials) as the Unit which is headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema cracks down on fraud.

In December last year, President Yoweri Museveni launched the Anti-corruption Unit under the Office of the President which will receive and act on complaints relating to corruption.

At the launch, Museveni said the Unit is the “missing link” in government’s efforts to weed out corruption which has over the years stalled service delivery.

He said he decided to reinforce the IGG’s Office adding that institutions to fight corruption are there but the people manning them need to step up.

Nakalema’s Unit receives phone calls and text messages on corruption related complaints and acts on them. The whistleblower can choose to reveal their identity or not.

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