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Three MPs Expected in Court Over Theft of UGX 7.3bn Cooperative Cash :: Uganda Radionetwork

Three MPs Expected in Court Over Theft of UGX 7.3bn Cooperative Cash

The MPs are Igara East MP Michael Mawanda, Elgon County MP Mudimi Wamakuyu, and Busiki County MP Paul Akamba.
21 Jun 2024 12:41
Some of the Patriotic League of Uganda officials at Court following up MP Mawanda's case.
Three Members of Parliament are expected in court on charges of conspiracy to defraud and diversion of public resources. They are Igara East MP Michael Mawanda,  Elgon County MP Mudimi Wamakuyu, and Busiki County MP Paul Akamba.  

They will be charged with Leonard Kavundira, the Principal Cooperative Officer in the Ministry of Trade, and a lawyer Julius Kirya Taitankoko. 

According to the charges sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP Jane Frances Abodo, Mawanda, Wamakuyu, Akamba, Kirya, and Kavundira conspired to defraud 7.3 billion shillings that were meant for compensation of Buyaka Growers Cooperatives Society Limited in Bulambuli District. The charges were allegedly committed between 2019 and 2023.

Prosecution alleges that Mawanda in October 2021, in Kampala diverted public funds amounting to 1,50,000,000 shillings for purposes unrelated to that for which the resources were intended, while Wamakuyu and Akamba diverted 2.3 Billion Shillings and 200 million shillings respectively for their benefit. Kirya allegedly diverted 2.2 billion shillings. 

The suspects also conspired to defraud 3.4 billion shillings meant for the Buyaka Cooperative Society. 

They were arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, headed by Brigadier General Henry Isoke. 

Hundreds of Patriotic League of Uganda -PLU supporters led by PLU Secretary General David Kabanda who is Kasambya County Member of Parliament, have camped at the court premises donning t-shirts with the image of Mawanda and General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.  Mawanda is the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee in PLU. 

There is also heavy deployment of security personnel in and outside the court premises.  However, people wearing t-shirts are not allowed to enter the court premises.

Earlier in the morning, the Anti-corruption Court  Chief Magistrate Joan Aciro heard that Akamba, who was rearrested last week will be arraigned in court this afternoon on other charges of corruption.

This followed a revelation by Chief State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya who had appeared before Aciro to have Akamba committed to the High Court to stand trial for soliciting a 20% kickback to enhance the Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC budget.

Muwaganya told the court that Akamba could not attend the proceedings because he is still held by Police on other unrelated charges and therefore his committal should wait until 2 pm when he is expected to appear for plea-taking.

However, his two sureties including Namutumba District Woman MP Mariam Naigaga and Henry  Kibalya turned up in court to fulfill their obligation.

Akamba is co-jointly charged with MPs Cissy Namujju and Yusuf Mutembuli who are on remand in Luzira Prison on corruption charges and await to apply for bail in the High Court.