Civil servant impersonates dead person for 33 years

impersonating a dead person
Onesmus Matende Kushemererwa has been impersonating as Wilson Bamuturaki since 1984. COURTESY PHOTO.

The Inspectorate of Government has instructed the Public Service Commission to dismiss a civil servant who has been impersonating a dead person for 33 years.

Onesmus Matende Kushemererwa, currently working as an accounts assistant at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, has been impersonating as Wilson Bamuturaki since 1984.  It is said that the original Bamuturaki, a  former resident of Mabale Parish in Kyenjojo district passed away in 1982.

Last year, the office of the Regional Inspectorate of Government based in Fort Portal commenced investigations into allegations of impersonation and forgery against Kushemererwa.

The office received a complaint from a whistle blower that the names Wilson Bamuturaki were not his real names and that he used the deceased’s academic documents to join civil service.

According to the report released by the IGG after carrying out investigations, it was discovered that indeed Kushemererwa impersonated the late Wilson Bamuturaki and used the deceased’s academic documents throughout his employment career.

According to a copy of the report seen by this publication, Kushemererwa assumed the name Wilson Bamuturaki in 1984 when he first joined the civil service as a clerical officer.

The IGG’s report also states during its investigations, Kushmererwa failed to produce his birth and academic certificates, an indication that he has been impersonating the deceased.

A report signed by Mariam Wangadya, the Deputy Inspector General of Government recommends that Kushemererwa should with immediate effect be dismissed from the public service for impersonation and forgery.  The report also recommends that Kushemererwa should be deleted from the government payroll with immediate effect.

The Criminal Investigations Department in Fort Portal has also been instructed to carry out further investigations into the matter with a view of prosecuting him for impersonation.

The recommendations were  sent to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Secretary Public Service Commission and the Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole district. In a telephone interview, both Dr Charles Olal, the Director Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital and Dunstan Balaba, the CAO Kabarole said that they have received a copy of the IGG’s report and are still studying it.

Olal also said that he was not aware Kushmererwa was using another person’s names until investigators from the IGG’s office informed him.

On Thursday, during her visit in the Rwenzori region, Mariam Wangadya, the Deputy Inspector General of Government noted that cases of forgery of academic documents among civil servants was common in Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Bundibugyo districts.

– Uganda Radio Network