According to the summary of the evidence, during the financial year 2017/2018, the accused persons reportedly used their offices to divert 436 million Shillings that was meant for road works in Arua and instead used to pay allowances to individual officers and councillors. The documentary evidence is signed by State Attorney Agaba on behalf of the DPP.
Joseph Monday Bagonza the Town Clerk of Ibanda Municipal Council Appearing in Court on Wednesday.
Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende of the Anti-Corruption
Court has committed four former Officials of Arua Municipal Council to High
Court for trial on charges of diverting more than 436 million Shillings.
Those on trial include Jamilu Kasajja Kairu, the former Town Clerk of Arua
Municipal Council and now Town Clerk for Kapchorwa Municipal Council, Rajab
Kamil Erejl, the former Principal Treasurer, Andrew Otim Kibwota who was the Accounting
Officer and Joseph Monday Bagonza, the current Town Clerk of Ibanda District, formerly employed in Arua Municipal Council as a Deputy Town Clerk.
The group appeared before Anti-Corruption Court
Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende on Wednesday but were committed to the high court to face
trial on charges of abuse of office and diversion of more than 436 million Shillings of government funds.
The Prosecution team led by Abigail Agaba informed the court
that investigations into this case were complete and tendered to court a
summary of the evidence against the accused persons.
According to the summary of the evidence, during
the financial year 2017/2018 the accused persons reportedly
used their offices to divert 436 million Shillings that was meant for road
works in Arua and instead used to pay allowances to
individual officers and councillors. The documentary evidence is signed by State Attorney Agaba on behalf of the
It is also alleged that the accused persons did an arbitrary act prejudicial to their employer by abusing their offices in conspiring to defraud the money in
question before diverting it for their own benefit. The group that has been appearing in court to be updated on
the progress of investigations since their release on bail in February 2019 has
since denied the charges.
Meanwhile, today was the first time for one of the accused persons,
Joseph Monday Bagonza, the Ibanda Town Clerk to appear in court. The court had previously charged Bagonza in absentia and issued
a criminal summons for him to come and take a plea. Today, Bagonza told the court that he had been feeling unwell.
As a result, the magistrate had to read for Bagonza the charges
of conspiring with his colleagues to divert the money in question. But Bagonza
denied the charges and was later released on a cash bail of three million Shillings. His sureties were bonded on a non-cash bond of 20 million Shillings
After committing the group to the High Court
to face trial, the Magistrate ordered the accused persons to liaise with the Deputy Registrar
of the High Court for further instructions in this case.