In a statement issued this afternoon, the Finance Ministry Spokesperson, Jim Mugunga, says the officers were picked up in a Police operation at the Ministry headquarters this morning in relation to an ongoing investigation.
He says they are currently detained and that normal business has resumed at the offices which had temporarily been cordoned off.
He says the ministry is committed to upholding the highest level of service and professionalism, promising to cooperate with police in relation to the matter.
Don Wanyama, the President’s Press Secretary also in a statement said that;
“President Museveni has today been briefed by the IGP about the arrest of two senior officials in the Ministry of Finance who were taking bribes from investors,” Wanyama posted on his official Facebook account on Tuesday afternoon.
He added, “The President commended the security agencies for the swift action and warned public servants to desist from corruption. The two officials will be charged soon.”
We have established that the two officials include; Mike Ogwal, an Economist and Godfrey Turyabuhika, a Commissioner with the country’s Finance ministry.
Meanwhile the President Yoweri Museveni in a tweet has commended security agencies for taking swift action on the culprits saying this is Kisanja Hakuna Muchezo and that public servants guilty of corruption will be dealt with harshly.
“I have told you, in this ‘Hakuna Mchezo’ period of no more jokes. Anybody involved in the act of asking for bribes will be handled harshly under the law,” remarked the President.
Museveni noted that taking bribes has become a habit in public service and particularly the Ministry of Finance, and Economic Planning. He said officials who take bribes do not care about the country, but only themselves. He reiterated that the two officials will appear in court for trial soon.