Three former public service ministry officials; the Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, Principle Accountant Christopher Obey and Commissioner Pensions Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, today had their recently gained freedom cut short.
The three, who were last week granted bail by the Court of Appeal have been remanded back to Luzira until next month when Anti-corruption Court’s Justice Margret Tibulya is expected to hear their bail application in the matter before her where they are charged with stealing 15 billion shillings in pension money.
Even though the head of the Court of Appeal Justice Steven Kavuma had last week released the trio, pending the
hearing of their appeal where they challenge both sentence and conviction by Anti-corruption court judge Justice Lawrence Gidudu, for embezzling 88bn pension money; these couldn’t walk free until they apply for bail against other charges before Justice Tibulya
They appeared in court today but the prosecutors in this matter asked for ample time to prepare for this case having spent a full week away from office due to their strike.
The three was sentenced to 7, 10 and 5 years prison terms for falsely accounting for 88bn shillings as NSSF contributions of public servants.
Meanwhile, the officials are still battling other cases before Justice Margaret Tibulya of the Anti-Corruption Court for alleged fraudulent payment of Shs15.4 billion to a city lawyer Mr. Bob Kasango in purported legal costs.
The said money was irregularly paid to Kasango’s law firm Hall and Partners between 2011 and 2012, purportedly as costs of a 1998 high court suit, yet it was money for payment of pensions and gratuity.