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The jailed former Minister briefly interacts with comrades and wife, Gladys Mukula.
Mukula is later led to a waiting double cabin before being returned to Luzira.
7:30am: The Anti Corruption Division of the High Court will on Feb. 4 hear an appeal in which jailed former State Health Minister, Capt. Mike Mukula is challenging his conviction.
Mukula was on January 18 found guilty of embezzling Shs210 million earmarked for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
He was sentenced to four years in jail by Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa.
The convict’s lawyer Ateenyi Tibaijjuka last week filed an appeal before High Court judge David Wangutusi.
The Soroti Municipality legislator’s supporters from Teso region recently met President Yoweri Museveni at his country home in Rwakitura, seeking pardon.
Museveni, however, vowed not to bend the law to save the NRM Vice Chairperson for Eastern Uganda but promised to foot his legal bills.
Mukula’s appeal is based on four grounds. One is that Magistrate Akankwasa “erred in law and fact when she believed the prosecution case before hearing his case.”
Mukula arrives at the Anti Corruption Court
The second is that the Magistrate fell short of properly evaluating evidence adduced during the trial thus making a biased conclusion.
Mukula further contends Akankwasa departed from particulars of offence appearing on the charge sheet, adding, the magistrate was not fair when she failed to consider the option of fine instead of sentencing him.
Mukula is led back to Luzira
The sentencing of Mukula has left his political career hanging in balance and business empire on the brink of collapse, raising suspicion this could be the beginning of the end of the once powerful politician whose mobilization skills contributed to the defeat of the LRA and other insurgencies in Eastern Uganda.
The former Minister is comforted by comrades before the hearing of the appeal
Mukula enters the Courtroom
Minister Musa Ecweru conforts Mukula’s wife, Gladys
The court was packed to capacity
Mukula says bye to supporters before heading to Luzira Prisons