A whistleblower has written to the State House Anti- Corruption unit headed by Lt.Col.Edith Nakalema asking it to investigate National Water and Sewerage Corporation Managing Director, Dr. Silver Mugisha.
In a letter dated April 11 and received four days later on April 15, 2019, the whistle blower says Mugisha and his subordinates “who are working under his instructions” are engaged in in acts of abuse of office.
“There is extortion of kickbacks from service providers and this is done by Dr.Silver Mugisha through his wife’s shadowy organization known as Ba Mugisha Community Development Foundation. A thorough investigation should be carried out on his procurement dealings with among others VAMBECO, SOGEA SATOM and others,” reads in part the whistleblower’s letter.
In the letter, the whistleblower claims there is extortion of money from National Water and Sewerage Corporation staff to support activities of Ba Mugisha Community Development Foundation, a vehicle used for promoting Annet Katusiime Mugisha’s candidature in Bushenyi.
“An investigation would help you appreciate the magnitude of this problem. Most of staff members if approached can testify .They fear the MD and cannot come out to complain on their own because he is vengeful and bully.”
The whistleblower says the national water boss has compromised the company’s board, IGG and other oversight agencies whereas complaints by staff members have been ignored.
The letter is copied to the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) ,IGG, World Bank country representative, Director CID and the Minister for Water and Environment among other offices.
Dr.Mugisha told The Nile Post that he is aware of the allegations but said they were untrue.
“Our procurement system is waterproof that you can’t find any problem with it. Most of the things they talk about are handled by are development partners,”Mugisha told the Nile Post on phone.
On allegations of funding activities of her wife’s organisation, the national water boss laughed it off as being hearsay.
He said: “It (Ba Mugisha Community Development Foundation) is a private company with its own activities different from National Water and Sewerage Corporation but if Nakalema finds anything in it, she will come and find out the truth.”