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Prosecution heard that in the 2014/2015 financial year while at the Education and Sports Ministry in Kampala, the suspects used their offices to facilitate the over payment of Shillings 33.8M to AH Consulting Limited well knowing that their acts would cause government financial loss.
08 Aug 2019 17:27
The Accused Persons at the Anti Corruption Court
The former Education and Sport Ministry, Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago and two other government officials have appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court for abuse of office and causing financial loss. 

The others are Dr. S. Opio Okiror, the Commissioner Human Resource Management Ministry of Health, Dr. Jaffer Kawooya, the Internal Auditor Public Service Ministry and Cuthbert Kagabo, the Deputy Director AH Consulting Limited. Three of the suspects with the exception of Kawooya appeared on Thursday afternoon before the Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, Pamela Lamunu. 

Prosecution heard that in the 2014/2015 financial year while at the Education and Sports Ministry in Kampala, the suspects used their offices to facilitate the over payment of Shillings 33.8M to AH Consulting Limited well knowing that their acts would cause government financial loss.

Dr. Nassali, who is the prime suspect in the matter, was charged separately with abuse of office. Prosecution alleged that in August 2014, Dr. Nassali, the then Accounting Officer MoES, did abuse her office when she contracted AH Consulting Limited to recruit five technical staff to work for the ADB V Hest project well aware that that technical staff had already been recruited, which was prejudicial  to the interests of government.

Dr. Okiror, who was the contract manager of the ADB V Hest Project, was also charged with abuse of office for allegedly failing to ensure that AH Consulting limited executed all the terms of the contract to recruit the staff for the said project in line with the Public Procurement laws.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges and applied for bail through their lawyer, Jimmy Muyanja. He told court that it is the constitutional right of his clients to get bail since their charges are bailable. The suspects presented sureties with national identification cards with the exception of introduction letters from their local council authorities. 

State Prosecutors Hassan Walusimbi and Phillip Munamba objected to the bail application, saying it would be difficult to trace the accused persons since their sureties didn't have introductory letters from their places of residence.    

Walusimbi asked court to consider slapping on the accused bond fees equal to the financial loss caused to government if it saw it fit to grant them bail. In her ruling, Lamunu decided to grant the suspects bail and directed each of them to deposit Shillings 3M in cash with court.

She directed their sureties to execute none cash bond of Shillings 2 million each. She also issued criminal summons for Dr. Jaffer Kawooya, the Internal Auditor Ministry of Public Service. The suspects will return to court on September, 10th, 2019 for mention.