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Former Ntungamo CAO, Two Others Granted Bail

The prosecution alleges that between June and December 2019, Nakityo, now CAO for Buliisa and Andrew Byaruhanga, the Chief Finance Officer of Ntungamo and Julius Ashaba, the Information Technology officer at Ntungamo Municipality through their positions embezzled the money meant for staff salaries and wages.
The Anti-Corruption Court has granted bail to Joanita Nakityo, the former Chief Administrative Officer Ntungamo and two others charged with embezzling over 93 Million Shillings.

The prosecution alleges that between June and December 2019, Nakityo, now CAO for Buliisa and Andrew Byaruhanga, the Chief Finance Officer of Ntungamo and Julius Ashaba, the Information Technology officer at Ntungamo Municipality through their positions embezzled the money meant for staff salaries and wages.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and through their counsels applied for bail. 

Nakityo was represented by Qasim Ssekalema who asked the court to grant her bail on grounds that her client is 54yrs has a constitutional right to bail and that the offence was bailable before Court.

Ssekalema further argued that Nakityo has a permanent job in Buliisa as the CAO and that she is a student at Uganda Management Institute- UMI in Mbarara pursuing her Master’s in business administration. He said the accused had an examination to write on Saturday.

Byaruhanga’s lawyer Gilbert Bukiya, said that his client was a first time offender, a man of good repute and commendable character and a father of five children, four being minors.

He presented before court three sureties, Naus Anjukire, 34 who is the accused's wife, Richard Mugisha, 46, the manager of Directorate of Quality Assurance Makerere University and Benon Twinomugisha, 49, a Principal Auditor in the Masaka office of the Auditor General.

The prosecution raised no objections to the bail application but asked the suspects to deposit their travel documents.

In his ruling, Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende Mushebeebe granted Nakityo a cash bail of seven million and asked to deposit her passport with the court. He said since state prosecution said they had concluded investigations, there is no likelihood that the accused could interfere with witnesses when they go to the Municipality headquarters or sub-county headquarters in Ntungamo District.

Byaruhanga and Ashaba were each granted cash bail of Shillings 4.5 Million. 


Court asked the prosecution to submit the evidence within two weeks. The case was set for hearing on March 30 2021.