GAVI TRIAL: Mukula Has Case To Answer, Muhwezi, Kamugisha Cleared


illness geneva; font-size: small;”>Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa said Mukula did not account for Shs210m GAVI funds and should now start preparing for his defence in a trial that starts on August 7.

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adiposity geneva;”>Akankwasa exonerated Mukula’s co-accused Jim Muhwezi and Alex Kamugisha on charges of mismanaging Shs1.6bn, arguing all the funds were signed for by the former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Mohammed Kezaala.

The state had earlier dropped charges of theft and causing financial loss against the former ministers, but still maintained charges of abuse of office and embezzlement.

Mukula, who has in the past showed interest in standing for President in 2016, will have to explain why he ignored the law and regulations governing the disbursement of public funds by taking direct control of the money.

Mukula allegedly signed for travel on behalf of the First Lady Janet Museveni between February and October 2008 yet the monies had been allocated to facilitate advocacy programs in different parts of the country.

“You are better placed to explain the expenditure of Shs210m which you withdrew from the Gavi account in Citi Bank,” said Akankwasa.

Mukula was not readily available for comment.


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