The OPM has been in the middle of almost most of scandals concerning land, in 2014 the OPM was given 24b to shift displaced people in the Bududa mudslides but the money was not accounted for, and now there has another scandal that has hit the office which the IGG has said to investigate upon.
The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja, has ordered the interdiction of three senior Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) staff over allegations of inflating the price of a plot that they bought by almost Shs800m.
In a December 4, 2018, letter to the OPM Permanent Secretary, Ms Christine Guwatudde, the ombudsman noted that there was no justification for OPM to pay Shs1.1b for land priced by a private valuer at Shs450m.
“In contrast to the Chief Government Valuer’s valuation of Shs1.1b, Ms Stanfield, an independent valuer engaged by the IGG, discounted the same plot [price to]Shs450m as of March 2016,” Ms Mulyagonja stated.
The 0.241-acre land, on Block 2 Plot 253, is adjacent to OPM refugees’ department offices on Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road in Old Kampala.
The IGG said the transaction could have only been possible through “conspiracy” of the officials who, she said, should be handed over to the Public Service Commission for disciplinary action.