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Ex UBC Boss Kihika Charged for Lying to Police, Asks for English Interpreter

Paul Kihika in the dock on Wednesday. (1)
Paul Kihika in the dock on Wednesday.

Embattled former acting Managing Director of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), Paul Kihika has yet again been charged with another offence.

Kihika had yesterday been charged by the Anti-Corruption Court for embezzlement and causing of financial loss of $9,510 to government.

This morning Wednesday, he was charged with giving false information to a police officer by the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court.

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According to the  charge sheet, Kihika in February lied to a detective  at Jinja Road police station while recording a statement  that his (Kihika) phone had been stolen by a fellow police officer.

The accused however, denied the charges, before the Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantege remanded him to Luzira up to August 16.

There was drama in court when the former UBC boss, who kept on hiding his face, told the magistrate that he only understood Runyankore and needed an interpreter.

The case was stood over for some minutes and later resumed when Kihika agreed that proceedings be in English.

Earlier, he had refused to get out of the Prisons bus prompting prisons officers to drag him out forcefully.

Kihika is under detention for a number of criminal charges stemming from the period when he was the acting Managing Director at the state owned broadcaster.

 He is also being investigated in another case involving Shs3.6b that government lost in connection with a UBC-Airtel sponsorship deal to air the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

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