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City lawyer Kasango's sentencing over sh3.3b fraud deferred

By Farooq Kasule, Abou Kisige

Added 26th May 2016 04:30 PM

Court acquitted Kasango of the same charges in February 2015

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Lawyer Bob Kasango pictured in the Buganda Road Court dock during proceedings on Thursday. Photo by Abou Kisige

The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate's Court has deferred the sentencing of city lawyer Bob Kasango which was slated for today.

This was after Kasango raised facts before court presided over by Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani in which he asked court to consider before sentencing him.

Kasango, who appeared to be calm during proceedings, was recently convicted by High Court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda for stealing by agent and uttering false documents to defraud the government.

Prosecution contends that between 2008 and 2009 in Kampala, Kasango received over sh3.3b from the permanent secretary in the ministry of lands, housing and urban development through M/s Hall and Partners for and on behalf of Tooro Queen Mother Best Kemigisa but he did not fully remit the money to her.

Kemigisa clad in a black and lemon green coat with a hat was also in court keenly following the proceedings.

Former Buganda Road grade one Magistrate Ziruntusa acquitted Kasango of the same charges in February 2015.

This prompted Kemigisa to lodge an appeal at the criminal division of the High Court in Kampala challenging the Zirintusa’s decision.

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The debt arose from over sh4.5b government paid to Kemigisa for the land she sold but Kasango did not remit it to her.

State prosecutors Jonathan Muwaganya and Joseph Kyomuhendo asked court to give a tough punitive sentence to Kasango considering the degree of the loss he caused to Kemigisa for the past 8 years.

Muwaganya also asked court to take the judicial notice that theft and related offences are very rampant in the country and give him a recurrent sentence.

The case has been adjourned to May 31st for sentencing.

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 oro ueen mother est emigisa in hat leaves court after the hearing hoto by bou isige Toro Queen mother Best Kemigisa (in hat) leaves court after the hearing. Photo by Abou Kisige

 

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