Police in Mbarara are holding a 29-year-old enrolled nurse on charges of obtaining money by false pretense and corruption.
The Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira confirmed the report saying Maurice Kempeta who received cash of shs 2.5 million from Samson Nareeba of Rubaare town council Ntungamo district in early February 2018 when Mbarara district advertised for jobs of health workers.
Maurice Kempeta who is an employee of Mbarara District Local Government at Kagongi health center III in Kagongi sub county Kashari North confessed having received the money and passed it on to chairperson service commission through Deo Tumuhairwe.
She alleged that Tumuhairwe was businessman in Rwebikoona later transferred services to Easy View Complex but was never sure if the money reached the office of chairperson service commission.
The complainant Samson Nareeba told police that after knowing that Mbarara district had advertised he got in contact with Maurice Kempeta through Sonia Nyikiriza and demanded payment of bribe of shs 2.5 million to get the job.
Nareeba said he didn’t have the money only went back home and sold party of his land in Rubaare town council and brought cash of shs 2.5 million and paid Ms Kempeta who continued with the process of acquiring the job.
Nareeba said fortunately he was shortlisted and interviewed but what followed after he was never called among those who passed the interview something that infuriated him to report the matters to the Chief Administrative Officer Mbarara who intervened by forwarding by the matters to police for investigations.
By time of policemen arresting Ms Kempeta wife to Mr Oswald Bagarura had gone into hiding and switched off her known mobile telephone due to pressure.
However, the Senior Human Resource Officer Mbarara District Mr. Benson Baingana who represented the Chief Administrative Officer Mbarara explained that one getting job is free and one has to go through a corruption free process.
He appealed to all those who are applying for jobs in local government s where they need assistance to contact respective chief administrative officer for guidance to avoid being cheated.