According to the prosecution, the suspects between August 2019 and March 2020 using their respective offices conspired to defraud Robert Nsimbe Zizinga, the owner of Synergy Enterprises Limited who had been contracted to construct structures at Nyamitanga Vocational Technical Institute in Mbarara City.
The Accused persons in court waiting to be charged.
Anti-Corruption Court has charged four officials from the Ministry of Education
and Sports with conspiring to solicit a bribe of 228 million shillings.
The four are Fredrick Edward Lubinga and Architectural Assistant, Doreen
Matovu Lwanga, the acting Head Construction Management Unit, Hajji Abdu Nsubuga
the Project Management Professional and Solomon Kaigia the Project Coordinator.
They appeared on Wednesday before the Anti-Corruption Court Grade One
Magistrate Moses Nabende who charged them with five counts related to
corruption, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.
According to the prosecution, the suspects between August 2019 and March
2020 using their respective offices conspired to defraud Robert Nsimbe Zizinga,
the owner of Synergy Enterprises Limited who had been contracted to construct
structures at Nyamitanga Vocational Technical Institute in Mbarara City.
The officials allegedly demanded 10 percent of the contract price which was
worth 2.28 billion shillings to facilitate the award to Nsimbe Zizinga’s
before the court shows that the Prime suspect Lubinga first solicited a bribe
of 50 million shillings and later received 25 million shillings for the deal.
The evidence also shows that on her part, Lwanga who had been appointed as the Contract
Manager of the Uganda Skills Development Project Bushenyi Cluster irregularly
issued variant contract terms and specifications to the contractor without
following the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets-PPDA laws and
contract management thereby, frustrating and stalling construction works at the
It is alleged that the suspects started making changes in the project designs to
pressurize the contractor to pay them the balance of the 10 percent and as
such, the design changes were costly for him which stalled the works.
However, Lwanga also faces another alternative count of corruption for having
corruptly neglected her duty as a Contracts Manager to inspect and approve the
construction materials at the construction sites thereby compromising the
quality of the construction.
they all denied the charges and through their lawyers led by Richard Rugambwa
asked to be released on bail on grounds that the charges were bailable. The
lawyers also told the court that the accused have substantial sureties.
Engineers John Kaweesa and James Kisitu who are the Directors of Gali Technical
Services Limited and Semajja Associates Limited respectively as her sureties.
Hajji Nsubuga presented his brothers Ismail Nsubuga and former employee of
Kenya Airways and businessman Godfrey Mabirizi Ssetimba as his sureties while
Lubinga presented Florence Nabukera his wife and his spiritual leader Ivan
Wood, a pastor at Jesus My Rest Ministries as his sureties.
presented Samuel George Mwandha the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife
Authority and City High School teacher Paul Mubezi as his sureties.
Attorney Harriet Ongom told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions
guided that the prosecutors should not object to bail during this lockdown unless
in exceptional cases.
They were granted bail, but Ongom objected to the request that the suspects be released
on non-cash terms. She noted that the amounts of money involved are huge, they
should therefore be asked to pay cash.
concurred with Ongom and ordered Lubinga to pay 4 million shillings’ cash,
Lwanga 2 million shillings and the rest of the two accused persons each pays
1.5 million shillings.
He has also
directed their sureties to execute a non-cash bond of 50 million shillings.