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Arua District Officials Granted Bail

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons and others still at large, used their offices to divert 436 million Shillings that was meant for road works, and used it to pay individual officers allowances. The prosecution also alleges that the accused persons conspired to defraud the money in question before diverting it for their own benefit.
20 Feb 2019 16:10
Kairu Jamirlu Kasajja the Town Clerk of Kapchorwa and Erejo Kamil Rajab, the Principal Treasurer of Arua Municipality Council Listening to court proceedings.
The Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala has granted bail to two Arua District officials, initially charged with abuse of office. The two include Kairu Jamiru Kasajja, the former Arua Municipality Town Clerk and the Chief Finance Officer Erejo Kamil Rajab.

The prosecution alleges that the accused persons and others still at large, used their offices to divert 436 million Shillings that was meant for road works, and used it to pay individual officers' allowances. The prosecution also alleges that the accused persons conspired to defraud the money in question before diverting it for their own benefit.

The offenses were committed during the financial year 2017/2018 at Arua Municipal Council where the two were employed as Town Clerk and Principal Treasurer respectively. But the suspects denied the charges and asked court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende to release them on bail.

Kasajja, now a resident of Kapchorwa, where he is now deployed as Town Clerk presented two sureties; Paul Batanda, a resident of Magwa Parish in Jinja and Mbale Municipality Town Clerk Henry Waiswa. Yumbe Woman MP Zaituni Driwaru and Atiku Saki Mansoor a Senior Legal Officer working with Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority stood surety for Erejo.

State Prosecutor Alice Komuhangi, however, asked the court to put stringent conditions on the suspects.

Presiding Grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende granted bail to the accused on a condition that they must deposit 35 million Shillings cash, and their sureties were bonded at 500 million Shillings, non-cash. They were also directed to deposit their passports with the court.

The accused persons were arrested last week on Wednesday from Arua by State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by a one Lt Col Edith Nakalema.  Others arrested alongside them included Martin Alia, the Internal Auditor, Dradria Anthony the Arua Municipal Engineer, Mathew Afubo the Senior Assistant Engineer, James Yaka a Store keeper and Francis Dokotho, the Bursar of Arua Public Secondary school.

The case will return for mention on March, 7.