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Ailing Kunsa re-applies for bail over pension scam jail term

FILE PHOTO: Pensions scam suspects (L-R) Jimmy Lwamafa, Kiwanuka Kunsa and Christopher Obey

Kampala, Uganda | SSALI GODFREY | Ailing convicted former Commissioner Compensation Department in the Ministry of Public Service, Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa has re-applied for bail before the Anti-corruption court, saying he cannot handle prison conditions yet he appealed the court’s decision.

Through Isabirye and Company Advocates, Kunsa argues that he is suffering from Athritis , Ulcers and Hypertension, and has on several occasions broke down in court prompting the Judge to adjourn the hearing due to his poor health.

Kunsa also says he is of advanced age 60years, has already got bail for the offence he was convicted of, and that his co-accused in the pending case Bob Kasango was granted bail, meaning he too deserves equal treatment before the law.

Justice Magret Tibulya is now set to hear his bail application this Thursday July 20, 2017.

Kunsa together with former Permanent Secretary, Jimmy Lwamafa and former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey were last week granted bail by the Court of Appeal but they had to be returned to luzira prison because they are still required for another trial at the Anti- Corruption Court.

They are alleged to have connived with city lawyer Bob Kasango, to defraud government of another 15billions worth pensioners money, but their trial was pushed to August 10,2017 to allow Prosecutors who have been on strike over low salaries, to re-organise themselves.

In November last year Kunsa, Lwamafa and Obey were convicted and sentenced to 5, 7 and 10 years respectively for the irregular budgeting of 88bn shs as NSSF for public servants wellknowing that these do not contribute to the Fund.

 

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