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Court sets date for SH15 billion pension case judgement

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

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Anti-Corruption Court has set December 21st, the day it will deliver judgement in a case where three former officials from Public Service Ministry are charged of defrauding 15 billion shillings pensioners’ money.

The officials are Former Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, Former Principle Accountant Christopher Obey and Former Commissioner Pensions Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa.

These are charged alongside city lawyer Bob Kasango and a High Court Registrar Milton Mutegeki for forging court orders that caused the pensioners to lose more than 15 billion shillings.

Prosecution alleges between 2011 and 2012, the accused persons paid the money to a defunct law firm known as Hall and Partners as legal fees to handle a 1998 case of pensioners. The Law Firm formerly belonged to Kasango.

Prosecution also contends that in June 2012, Kasango forged a court order and a certificate directing the Attorney General to pay the money as costs of the 1998 High Court case of pensioners where they were demanding pension and gratuity.

The state presented 20 witnesses in the case.

Justice Margret Tibulya has now set December 21st when she will deliver the judgement.

Earlier on two court assessors, Nelson Kamiza and Flavia Kisaakye Kabanda had advised the judge to acquit the suspects.

In 2016, Justice Lawrence Giduddu of the Anti-Corruption Court convicted the officials to jail terms ranging from 5 to 10 years for failing to account for 88 billion shillings as contributions for government workers.

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