Lawyer: Mukula Was Erroneously Convicted


sickness geneva;”>In one of his reasons for the appeal, he argued that ministers are not workers of Public Service but they are appointed by President so therefore Mukula was not supposed to be charged with embezzlement.

The Court was filled to the brim during the hearing with various members of the public among which was Mukula’s wife, relatives, Rubaga South MP Hon Ken Lukyamuzi, State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Musa Echweru and some other political leaders from the northern region of Uganda.

Mpanga argued that his client signed for three vouchers but he did not receive money in cash instead it was received by Margaret Birabwa who was the cashier in Ministry of Health but he signed to show his responsibility. He added that money was withdrawn from Bank of Uganda on February 18, 2005 but the date court mentioned on when the money was stolen is February 17, 2005.

He added that his client paid shs54million to the First Lady, Janet Museveni and it was well counted for and for all the three months, the money was kept in the Ministry of Health after being withdrawn by Birabwa.

The Investigative officer said that shs210milllion had been returned to Bank of Uganda but he didn’t know the source.

The State Prosecutor, Asubo Sydney told court that Mukula received money worth Shs263 million which was meant for immunization, safe delivery mother hood and family hygiene.

However the High Court Judge David Wangutusi has adjourned the hearing to Monday, February 11 for the state to reply towards this submission presented to court.

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