Court Adjourns Hearing of Lwamafa, Obey Defense in Pension Scam Case

Former officials of Ministry of Public Service; Jimmy
Lwamafa, Stephen Kiwanuka and Chris Obey who face corruption charges
leave the Anti-corruption court on Wednesday

The Anti-corruption court has adjourned hearing of the defense in a case in which former officers in Ministry of Public Service; Jimmy Lwamafa, side effects Christopher Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka are accused of
embezzling over Ugshs 88bn pension money.

The trio who are on remand in Luzira prison face charges of causing financial loss, abuse of
office, corruption, false accounting and conspiracy to cause fraud all of which they deny.

Hearing of the defence which was scheduled for Wednesday morning before the presiding Judge Lawrence Gidudu was stayed due to the absence of Lwamafa’s defence counsel Evans Ochieng. In a letter written to the Judge, Ochieng said he was attending to an election petition in Jinja High court involving former Jinja East constituency MP, Paul Mwiru.

Much as the prosecution side and other defense counsels were ready to proceed with the hearing, Lwamafa told court that he would prefer that his lawyer be present.

“The defence counsel has communicated that he will be available in June.  If court proceeds in his absence, it will affect his performance during the next hearing because he will lack facts and I
need the case to be executed in total justice,” said Judge Gidudu before adjourning the hearing to June 15, 16 and 17.

He said that each of the accused will have a day to submit and be cross examined.

Gidudu however advised Lwamafa (accused) to speak to his lawyer on the importance of handling the case with seriousness short of which this could affect the eventual ruling.

He told Lwamafa; “Chat with your lawyer so that he puts seriousness into this matter. This case started way before the elections and he should not make the petitions an excuse. We can’t drag this case. Every day must be utilized.”

“The trial judge needs to move on to other cases, similarly the lawyers want to close this and attend to other cases. You the accused want the court reach a decision too,” a rather displeased Gidudu


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