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Equal Opportunities boss sent to jail over conspiracy to defraud govt

By Marg

Added 29th October 2020 05:48 PM

Muweebwa, the chairperson of the commission, was charged on Thursday afternoon with the two counts, which she denied.

Equal Opportunities boss sent to jail over conspiracy to defraud govt

Muweebwa after being charged at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala on Thursday.

Muweebwa, the chairperson of the commission, was charged on Thursday afternoon with the two counts, which she denied.

The Anti-Corruption Court has remanded the Equal Opportunities Commission boss, Sylvia Muweebwa Ntambi, after charging her with conspiracy to defraud government and neglect of duty.

Muweebwa, the chairperson of the commission, was charged on Thursday afternoon with the two counts, which she denied. 

Muweebwa presented her sureties through her lawyer Brian Kabafunzaki that the trial magistrate, Pamella Lamunu Ochaya, said they had failed to furnish court with the necessary documents.

The sureties, including the Women in Democracy Executive Director, Patricia Ongali, were requested to supply the court with their work IDs but failed, compelling prosecution to object to her application.

 

Muweebwa at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo on Thursday. Photo by Margret Zalwango

Muweebwa in court on Thursday. Photos by Margret Zalwango

 

Ochaya denied Muweebwa bail, saying there was no proof in court of the workstations of the sureties and thus they may not easily be traced by court.

The prosecution alleges that between November 19, 2019, and April 30, 2019, at the commission's offices in Kampala, Muweebwa conspired with Moses Mugabe, the senior monitoring and evaluation officer of the commission, Mujuni Mpitsi, the secretary and the commission's head of research, monitoring and evaluation, Evans Jemba, to defraud the Government of Sh35m.

It is further alleged that the accused, together with Agnes Kabahoro, Mpitsi, and Sunday Nicholas conspired to defraud the Government of sh9m meant for the persons living with HIV in Karamoja region.

The other co-accused were charged last year and released on court bail after presenting satisfactory sureties to court.

 Muweebwa was remanded until the November 4, for re-application of her bail and advised to prepare well.

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