The state house anti-corruption unit on Thursday arrested the Ntungamo district principal veterinary officer Dr. Yake Basulira over forging receipts of accountability in enforcing foot and mouth disease quarantine in the district and duping court by swearing affidavits that led to the auction of impounded animals.
Dr. Yake was produced before Ntungamo Magistrates’ court on Friday evening. However, the court presided over by magistrate Grade I Mr. Edgar Kakuru could not hear his plea, remanding him to Ntungamo central prisons until Monday, February 20 when he will appear before the same court for a plea.
Magistrate Kakuru reasoned that he was produced to court late and could thus not take a plea as working hours for court processes were out. He was remanded before taking a plea.
Charges of Forgery, uttering a false document, and perjury have been preferred against him.
He is alleged to have forged and uttered receipts of Total Uganda amounting to UShs 3m also in effect.
The offenses accrue from impounded animals that had strayed from a farm of one Gikwereke of Rubaare sub-county in December 2022 which were later sold by auction. Money taken from the auction is the center of contestation as it was supposedly mismanaged.
The head of investigations Mr. Bunya Emmanuel says the investigations aim at finding all the glitches in the management of animal disease among other issues being investigated.