GAVI FUND: Mukula, Muhwezi At Anti- Corruption Court
Ex Health Minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi and his deputy Capt Mike Mukula have Monday arrived at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala for trial in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Fund case.
The duo is charged alongside Alex Kamugisha and Alice Kaboyo, a former presidential aide on youth affairs, for misappropriating Shs1.6bn meant for immunization activities in the country.
The over four-year-old case was halted in 2010 after the defendants petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking to block the Inspector General of Government (IGG) from prosecuting them, saying the Ombudsman lacked the mandate.
The Constitutional Court subsequently threw out their petition, ruling the IGG wielded powers to prosecute them over the contested charges of embezzlement, uttering of false documents, theft and causing financial loss.
Dissatisfied, the ministers last July rushed to the Supreme Court which halted the trial until it disposed off the matter.
The case last month took a dramatic twist when defence lawyers, Bob Kasango and Fred Muwema told Magistrate Irene Akankwasa their clients had decided to abandon the Supreme Court Appeal and were ready for trial before the Magistrate's Court.
But Kamugisha preferred a separate trial.
The accused deny the allegations.
The IGG’s representative is expected to tell court whether he is ready for the former ministers’ trial.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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