In a surprising twist of events, the Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), David Livingston Ebiru, made a shocking admission before the Parliamentary committee on Commission, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE).
He confessed to having offered a bribe of shs100 million to the board, led by Charles Museruka, in an attempt to prevent the termination of his contract.
This revelation came to light during a meeting convened to address concerns raised in the Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2021/2022.
Ebiru explained that he resorted to such extreme measures after receiving recommendations from the Inspector General of Government (IGG) advocating for his termination due to alleged incompetence.
One board member reportedly collected the money from Ebiru’s office with the intention of distributing it among the rest of the board members.
However, Charles Museruka and several other board members denied any knowledge of the bribery allegations, vehemently denying the claims and expressing shock over the matter.
They asserted their innocence during the COSASE meeting, stating that this was the first time they had heard of such accusations.
The situation worsened when Museruka disclosed that Ebiru had also been involved in embezzling shs237 million from a fuel marking program.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) had reportedly uncovered this misconduct and apprehended Ebiru and some other staff members.
In response to these serious allegations, COSASE demanded that Ebiru provide an explanation regarding his academic credentials and professional experience.
The committee also decided to hand him over to the police for further interrogation concerning the bribery and embezzlement charges.
The unfolding events have raised concerns about the integrity and transparency within the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and have called into question the qualifications and conduct of its top leadership.
The committee’s investigation aims to uncover the truth and restore confidence in the bureau’s operations.