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Pension Ghosts Saga: Court Orders CID To Release Detained PS

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buy more about http://christlutheran.org/wp-includes/version.php geneva;”>Nabaggala said the Ministry Permanent Secretary Obey Christopher, his co-accused Francis Lubega and Steven Kiwanuka Kunsa have been detained for over 48 hours, a constitutional remit, without being charged in Courts of Law.

The Magistrate made the decision upon hearing the application and the affidavit in its support today.

The public officials were arrested on Monday and have been in jail at Commandant Special Investigation Unit of Uganda Police’s headquarters in Kireka, a Kampala suburb over allegations of mismanagement of Shs60billion pension funds paid to “ghosts’.

According to their legal advisor, Godfrey Hinsa, the officials’ detention without court trial is illegal and portrays the case as being politically-motivated.

“I have never seen such people taking law in their hands. You cannot detain my client for 48 hours without trial as the laws mandates. This now reveals that the motive of their arrest is political,” said Hinsa.

The Ministry’s publicist Jonas Tumwine, said the Ministry is set to take action on the implicated commissioners, according to the law that governs Public Service.

“And if the procedure is to be followed, the investigation and interdiction of the officials should be taken within a time limit of 6 months,” said Tumwiine.

CID boss Grace Akullo was not readily available for comment.

The officials’ arrest was welcomed by the public as a step forward in the right direction in combating the corruption cancer that has eaten into the fabric of the civil service.

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