By Edward Anyoli
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has lined up ten prosecution witnesses to testify against city businessman Godfrey Kirumira who is accused of mismanaging sh190 from consolidated funds.
State attorney Lillian Omara on Tuesday told the Anti- Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa that inquiries are complete and that the state was ready with evidence against him.
Omara said prosecution has a total of ten witnesses who are ready to testify against Kirumira and his co- accused.
Kirumira is charged together with Fred Kirenga a businessman at Kifre General Merchandise, Fredrick Kayiira alias Frick manager of Kirumira towers and an agent for Baggery trading account, Michael Ojambo chief accountant bank of Baroda and Francis Twinobusigye a supervisor with bank of Baroda in connection with mismanaging of the consolidated funds that Kiruhura district was to return to the national treasury.
All the accused denied the charges which included theft, conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering false document.
Kirenga is facing charges of theft and conspiracy to commit a felony jointly with Kirumira. While Ojambo andTwionbusingye were charged jointly with forgery and an additional charge of conspiracy to commit a felony against all the accused.
It is alleged that Ojambo and Twinobusingye between July and August 2012 at bank of Baroda in Kampala, forged an Electronic Fund Transfer of money from Kiruhura district bank account held in Baroda Mbarara branch claiming it was made in favour of Baggery Trading account.
Prosecution led by state attorney Omara said sh190,738,790 was unabsorbed fund for the financial year 2011/2012 from the consolidated fund
The money was part of the conditional grant funds remitted to Kiruhura District Local Government in the financial year but was unspent and thus had to be remitted to the treasury but the accused mismanaged the funds.
Prosecution further alleged that the money was deposited to the account of Baggery Trading Company, a company linked to city tycoon Kirumira.
It also alleged that instructions that the cheques authorising withdrawal, were reportedly signed by Kirumira and withdrawn in three separate installments of sh125m; 60m and sh5m by Kayiira.
Ten witnesses to pin city tycoon Kirumira