Court issues demand notice against Minister Banye-

Nzaki

 
 
By ROBERT MUHEREZA


Posted  Sunday, February 22  2015 

 

At Kabale, Western Province, Uganda.

 

The Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court has issued a demand notice against the State Minister for Economic monitoring, Mr Henry Banyenzaki, over alleged failure to pay Shs360,000 to Kabale businessman Johnson Ndyabanawe.

Mr Ndyabanawe told the court Mr Banyenzaki hired his two lorries to carry people from different villages in Rubanda west constituency and drop them at Muko sub-county playground where President Museveni was addressing them on January 15. He also said Mr Banyenzaki paid him only Shs840,000 leaving a balance of Shs360,000 which he has failed to pay despite several reminders.

The demand notice dated February 12, issued by the head of small claims procedure at Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court, Mr Darius Kamugisha, requires Mr Banyenzaki to settle the debt within 14 days and failure to comply, the complainant shall obtain decree for the same amount of money claimed together with expenses permitted by court.

But Mr Banyenzaki, on Friday said the claim is false and threatened to deal with the complainant for tainting his name.

“The claims are false and aimed at tainting my reputation. That man must be mad because I have never contracted him. I have not received the demand notice as of now but I am ready to challenge it,” Mr Banyenzaki said.

The State witness in the loss of pension in Uganda fears to come to court. The Judge is not happy about it:

Prison warders escort former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy

Prison warders escort former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa (R) and former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey (L) to the Anti-Corruption Court for a hearing of their case recently. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA

By BETTY NDAGIRE


Posted  Tuesday, December 22   2015 

Kampala, UGANDA:

The Anti-Corruption Court Judge Lawrence Gidudu yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the State’s failure to present a witness to testify against key suspects in the Shs88 billion pension scam.

The suspects include former permanent secretary in the ministry of Public Service Jimmy Lwamafa, former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey, and former director research and development Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa.

Hearing of their case was set to proceed with submission by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Ms Adah Kabarokole Muwanga, but she failed to show up before court on grounds that she was unwell.

This is the second time she failed to show up.

This second instance annoyed Justice Gidudu who proposed they deal with her (Muwanga’s) testimony, saying her absence was a sign that she might never appear.

However, the prosecutor, Ms Ms Barbra Kawuma, pleaded with court to avail her another chance to be heard, arguing that Ms Muwanga’s evidence is crucial for their case and being a civil servant, she has obligation to show up to testify and court should be granted another chance.

Postponement

Consequently, the judge allowed prosecution until January 8, 2016, and threatened to reconsider releasing the suspects on bail.

Justice Gidudu explained that in criminal law, when suspects are on remand, their trial should be speeded and that if the prosecution is continuously dragging its feet, then he will be obliged to release the suspects on bail.

Currently, prosecution is left with six witnesses who should testify before the end of February 2016, for court to rule on whether, the suspects have a case to answer.

The suspects have been on remand since August this year and two different judges have on two different occasions, denied to release the suspects on bail, agreeing with the prosecution that once out of jail, they will jeopardise investigations like they did in the initial pension case of Shs165 billion that was dismissed.

The trio is accused of fraudulently budgeting for over Shs88 billion of civil servants’ pension contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) well knowing that civil servants don’t contribute to NSSF.


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Posted on 1st February, 2015

In Acholi, Gulu , Forum for Democratic Change political party councillors  have met  Museveni and he has given them money to incite them to leave their party as 2016 National Elections approaches. 

 
By JULIUS OCUNGI

 

Posted  Thursday, May 7  2015
 

Gulu, ACHOLI, 

Five Gulu District councillors have come under criticism from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party leaders over their secret meeting with President Museveni last week.

Mr Olweny Balington P’Ongwec (Bungatira Sub-county), Mr Kenneth Nyeko (Ongako Sub-county), Mr Wadock Francisco Awori (Koro Sub-county), Mr Chris Owen (Palaro Sub-county) and Mr Francis Komakech (Patiko Sub-county) allegedly met the President last week when he was in the district to launch the NRM members’ registration exercise.

During the meeting that reportedly took place at the 4th Division Barracks in Gulu Town, the councillors reportedly accused the district chairman, Mr Martin Mapenduzi, of abetting corruption in the district.

It is also alleged that each councilor received Shs2 million from Mr Museveni to cross to the NRM.

Mr Mapenduzi, who is also the district FDC chairman, told Daily Monitor yesterday that the councillors tarnished his name for cheap popularity.

“The councillors were taken to meet Mr Museveni by RDC Catherine Lamwaka and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah. They were given money and promised jobs if they crossed to NRM,” said Mr Mapenduzi.

“As FDC, we shall take very tough measures against these councillors. We know they have become moles in our party and are now being used to spy on us, we shall deal with them,” he added.

Addressing a press conference in Gulu Town on Tuesday, some of the councilors acknowledged meeting the President but added that it was for service delivery reasons.

“We have been yearning to meet Mr Museveni on issues of service delivery in our areas. That was not a political move but rather a decision we undertook to address the concerns of our people regarding development,” Mr Nyeko said.

He noted that their motive was to solicit for support directly from the President to benefit residents and also to alert him about corruption abetted by some district leaders.

“We are soliciting for money for the local saving groups in our areas of jurisdiction, but our biggest issue is also the skyrocketing corruption tendencies in the district. Many things are happening and some of the district leaders are the ones at the forefront,” Mr Nyeko said.

Mr Komakech, who is also the district FDC spokesperson, said there was nothing wrong with meeting the President.

He also refuted allegations that they received Shs2 million and defected to NRM, arguing that they are still FDC members.

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A government lawyer who Prosecutes criminals has been charged over a bribe demand:

By ANTHONY WESAKA

Posted  Sunday, May 10   2015

 

Kampala, UGANDA:

Mubende Resident State Attorney Patrick Obbo Oneko, was on Friday evening arraigned before the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court and charged for asking and receiving a bribe of Shs500,000. In exchange, Mr Oneko was not to prefer murder charge against a suspect.

Mr Oneko, who appeared before Grade One Magistrate Susan Okeny, denied the related charges.

He was released on a cash bail of Shs1.5 million.

Each of his three sureties was told to pay a non-cash bond of Shs50 million.

The IGG, who is prosecuting the matter, claims Mr Oneko on or around April 30, at the Mubende Directorate of Public Prosecutions, corruptly solicited a gratification of Shs500,000 from Mr Francis Katuura, a resident of Kiganda village in Mubende District.

Why the bribe

The kick-back, according to the IGG, was to act as inducement to prevent Mr Obbo from preferring a charge of murder against Mr Katuura’s brother in-law, Mr Gordon Muwange.

Further, the prosecution in count two alleged that Mr Oneko on May 5, received the said bribe from Mr Katuura before being arrested with the money.

During the court proceedings, the IGG representative, Mr Yusuf Kiwanda, asked the presiding magistrate to deny Mr Oneko access to his office given the fact that he now faces criminal charges.

But in her response, the magistrate declined to issues the same orders before referring Mr Kiwanda to liaise with the IGG and the DPP in order to have the same orders effected.

Under the Public Service Standing Orders, when a civil servant is charged with a criminal offence, he/she is suspended to pave way for the investigations and also earns half pay.

Further, the court directed that Mr Obbo’s passport be surrendered to the court for custody.

The case was adjourned to May 21 for mention of the case.

awesaka@ug.nationmedia.com

 

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