By Edward Anyoli
The assistant commissioner from the Ministry of Works and Transport requisitioned for sh76m for a workshop that did not take place, court heard Thursday.
Rusuf Ngethe, the general manager of Imperial Royal Hotel said Rosemary Tibiwa asked him to prepare a bill for a workshop, but it never took place.
Ngethe said Rosemary requested him to prepare a local purchase order without paying for it which he said was irregular.
“I had to consult with the director Karim Hirji because how was I going to raise a bill for a workshop that was not going to take place? When I consulted him (Karim), he said it was okay.” Ngethe said.
Ngethe said after a discussion with Karim, he asked the financial controller Bhat Raghupalhi to prepare the final bill.
Ngethe told the Anti-corruption Court presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba that Tibiwa approached him with a list of participants who would attend the workshop.
Ngethe said the ministry only paid sh6m for a two-day workshop.
Tibiwa is facing charges of abuse of office, embezzlement and fraudulent false accounting at the Anti- Corruption High Court.
Testifying as the sixth prosecution witness, Ngethe said sh6m was for break tea, lunch and stationery for the participants who attended the workshop.
It is alleged that in November 2012 at the ministry of works and transport at Entebbe, in abuse of her office, Tibiwa did an arbitrary act prejudicial to her employer when she instructed for initiation and authorised requisition for procurement of a senstisation workshop and view gathering for Bus transport route system in Greater Kampala Metropolitan areas. The workshop allegedly cost sh30, 204,000.
Tibiwa is alleged to have abused her office when she initiated and reportedly authorised requisition for procurement of a workshop to review interim report for feasibility study to introduce Bus Rapid transit route purporting that her department was scheduled to implement two days’ workshop at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.
Prosecution led by state attorney Marion Acio in third count accused Tibiwa of embezzlement. It is alleged that between November, 2012 and February 2012 being employed as acting commissioner, transport services and infrastructure stole sh46,718,500. She denied the charges.