Two UNBS officers charged after soliciting bribe from ‘Mukama Nayamba’ herbal company

The suspects being escorted to the court

KAMPALA – CID has on Thursday 15 charged and produced two Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to Ati-corruption Court on allegations of soliciting and receiving a bribe from the Manager Mukama Nayamba located in Sheema District.

Shaka Vitalias and Mwamule Norman both employees of UNBS Mbarara regional offices, as a head of Inspection and Surveillance respectively.

It is alleged that on July 29, 2020, the suspects who were driving an official car Registration Number UAJ 486X Nissan Pickup, went to Mukama Nayamba processing factory and introduced themselves and indicated that they had come to do official business of inspection.

“Unfortunately upon completion of thier inspection they intimated that the factory had failed to measure to the standards and threatened to close it,” Charles Twiine, CID spokesperson said in a statement.

Twiine said that scared of thier actions, the Manager of the factory offered them one million which they declined, but insisted that they needed 10million.

“With the continued engagement, the two parties settled at 6million which was handed over to Shaka Vitalias,” he added.

“The suspect later came a week after and demanded more money to the dismay of the workers at Mukama Nayamba.”

On consultation with thier MD, Twiine said, a position was reached that these people should be tracked and be arrested.

“Indeed a 3million trap was set to which the suspects succumbed to on 6/08/2020,” said Twiine.

The suspects were then arrested, searched and found in possession of the money, and detained at Sheema Police Station.

“Case file CRB 496/2020 was opened, investigations expedited and charges of Corruption C/S 2(a)&26 of the Anti-Corruption 2009 as Amended were sanctioned and dully consented to.”

Suspects were re-arrested and brought to Kampala where they appeared on Thursday 15, before His worship Moses Nabende and remanded till 23/10/2020 for hearing of thier bail application.


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