Ntambi was granted bail by the Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende. She was asked to deposit a cash bail of 3.5 Million Shillings, deposit her passport and a land title with the court.
Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi appeared in court via video conferencing.
The Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa
Ntambi has been granted bail by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.
Ntambi was granted bail by the Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende.
She was asked to deposit a cash bail of
3.5 Million Shillings, deposit her passport and a land title with the
Her three sureties who were all her friends and two lawyers were each
been asked to execute a non-cash bond of 40 million shillings. They include Sylvia
Namubiru the Director Legal Aid Service Providers Network -LASPNET,
Patricia Munabi Babiha the Executive Director of Forum for Women in Democracy
and Julius Mukunda the Executive Director of Civil Society Budget
Her release followed a second bail application by Ntambi's lawyers
MacDusman Kabega who argued that the applicant had substantial sureties and
that the offences against her were bailable.
Ntambi last week was denied bail by the Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ochaya
on grounds that her sureties didn't have necessary documents for easier
purposes of identification and she was then advised to reapply for bail today
when she gets the requirements.
Ntambi is jointly charged with her assistants at the Equal
Opportunities Commission on abuse of office, corruption and conspiracy to
defraud government more than 35 million shillings.
Her co-accused are; Agnes Enid Kamahoro, Moses Mugabe, Mpitsi Mujuni, Ronnie
Kwesiga, Manasseh Kwihangana, Harriet Byangire, Evans Jjemba, Sarah Nassanga and
Sunday Nicholas Olwor.
The prosecution alleges that Ntambi conspired with her assistants
to steal money which they accessed by the virtue of the different offices they
hold. The money was obtained between January and December 2018, as per diem for
editing and drafting Equal Opportunities Commission HIV/AIDS workplace Policy,
yet none of the officials was reportedly entitled to it.
The prosecution alleges that the per diem was acquired by
Kamahoro, the Senior Personal Secretary Equal Opportunities Commission and
later approved irregularly by Mujuni, the Secretary to the Commission, an act
which caused financial loss to the government.
It is also alleged that part of the stolen funds had been
earmarked for sensitization on equity and rights issues in lower local governments
in Karamoja region.
The group has since denied the charges, released on bail and interdicted
to pave way for investigations.
The case returns on November 24, 2020, for mention.