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Former Local Government Ministry Official Charged with Embezzlement

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked to be released on bail citing advanced age.
12 Jul 2019 07:45
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.  

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