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Corruption Suspects Reappear in Court

Several high profile corruption suspects today re-appeared before the Anti Corruption Court, five months after their case files were frozen.
Several high profile corruption suspects today re-appeared before the Anti Corruption Court, five months after their case files were frozen.

 

The Kololo-based Anti graft court had been dormant for the past five months following the freezing of its activities by the Constitutional Court in July last year.

 

But the same Constitutional Court late last year, ruled that the anti graft court was lawfully established and gave it a green light to re-open.

 

The corruption suspects appeared in court in the company of their respective lawyers to have their files revived.

 

Some of the suspects who re-appeared in court included; interdicted Public Service officials led by Mr Jimmy Lwamafa (interdicted PS), Mr Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, (interdicted Director Research and Development), Mr Christopher Obey, (interdicted Principal Accountant) and Mr David Oloka Japians,  (interdicted senior accounts assistant).

 

Mr Lwamafa and group is accused of causing government financial loss of more than Shs165 billion in connection with the creation of 2,605 ghost pensioners and their eventual payment.

 

Court adjourned their case to March 3 for mention and April 3 for hearing.

 

The other suspects who re-appeared in court included; former Local government permanent secretary John Muhanguzi Kashaka and five others.

 

Mr Kashaka and group is accused of hurriedly signing a contract with a bicycle supplier, leading to the payment of $1.7 million (about Shs4.6 billion), without getting audit clearance for the supply of 70,000 bicycles that were never supplied to date.

 

The bicycles were intended to be given to the village LC1 chairpersons to help in their transportation ahead of 2011 general elections.

 

Their matter was adjourned to February 7 for summing up the case for the court assessors who will in turn to give their opinion to the court regarding the case before a judgment date can be set.

 

Jailed former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Geoffrey Kazinda was also produced before the same court from Luzira prison to answer to two different files in connection to alleged fraud at OPM.

 

Mr Kazinda who is currently serving out his five-year jail term following his conviction last year, returns to court on February 5th  and 10th  respectively for mention of his cases.

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