He pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked to be released on bail citing advanced age.
Senior Procurement Officer Balaam Nabuyaka in Blue
Balaam Nabuyaka, the former Senior Procurement
Officer in the Local Government Ministry has appeared before the Anti-Corruption
Court on corruption related charges.
He was slapped with the charges of embezzlement,
abuse of office, causing financial loss and abuse of office. Nabuyaka appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court Chief
Magistrate, Pamela Lamunu on Wednesday shortly after her arrest by the
Inspectorate of Government-IG.
Prosecution alleges that between July and August, 2014 while
performing his duties as Senior Procurement Officer in the Local
Government Ministry, Nabuyaka fraudulently requisitioned and misused Shillings
38 million. The money was reportedly meant for the evaluation
of prequalified service providers for the 2014/2015 financial year.
The state further alleges that Nabuyaka
embezzled Shillings 26 million of the Shillings 38 million he received under
Electronic Funds Transfer –EFT numbers 1685510 and 1675968 to pay allowances
for the evaluation of the said prequalified service providers.
It is alleged that he also furnished false
accountabilities of Shillings 7.6 million. Prosecution further
contends that Nabuyaka embezzled Shillings 3.7 million he received
electronically for contracts monitoring and evaluation under the Markets and
Agricultural Trade Improvement Program, MATIP.
Nabuyaka, who appeared crestfallen, was also charged with
abuse of office. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked to be released
on bail on grounds of advanced age. He has presented Peperra Edith
Anne, Amos Moiti and Jonathan Masaaba as his sureties.
Nabuyaka was later granted cash bail of Shillings 4 million.
Each of his sureties executed bond of Shillings 40 million not in cash.
He will return to court on August, 16th, 2019 to get updates on the status of
the investigations into the matter.