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I lied to Global Fund Commission to save Cheeye – witness

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th February 2009 03:00 AM

ANOTHER former employee of the director of economic affairs in the Internal Security Organisation, Teddy Seezi Cheeye, has said he lied to the Global Fund commission of inquiry to save his boss.

By Hillary Nsambu

ANOTHER former employee of the director of economic affairs in the Internal Security Organisation, Teddy Seezi Cheeye, has said he lied to the Global Fund commission of inquiry to save his boss.

“I lied that I received disbursements from the Project Management Unit of the Global Fund. Cheeye received all the disbursements.

I had to tell all the lies because my former boss had forced me to say all what I said except my qualifications,” Samuel Kiberu, an Information Technology consultant, said.

Kiberu, 39, had said he was the accountant of Uganda Centre for Accountability, Cheeye’s organisation.

He said he deceived the court to save Cheeye from charges of misusing the Global Fund money.
Kiberu was yesterday testifying before the Anti- Corruption Court.

Cheeye is facing 26 charges of corruption involving the Global Fund for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.

When the defence lawyer asked Kiberu why he did not seek protection then, Kiberu said he was under threat and was still an employee of Cheeye.

Kiberu also denied that he had conspired to frame Cheeye.
He disclosed that Cheeye initially employed him as a personal tutor in 2004 to train him in computer knowledge.

Kiberu further told the court that he knew about Cheeye’s organisation, the Uganda Centre for Accountability, after being offered a job to train Cheeye.

Geoffrey Nkurunziza, who was Cheeye’s personal research assistant and a coordinator of activities for the organisation, had also testified on Friday that he lied about the Global Fund money.

I lied to Global Fund Commission to save Cheeye – witness

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