Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The former Acting Managing Director of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Paul Kihika has been arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court where he faces charges of embezzlement, plus an alternative count of causing his employer a financial loss of $9,510. He has been remanded to Luzira Prison.
Court heard Wednesday that Kihika knowingly received the money between May and August 2014 for an official trip to China which he did not attend, thereby causing UBC a financial loss of $9,510 (Sh34million).
Kihika appeared before Grade One Magistrate Pamela Lamunu and denied the allegations, saying the money in question was stolen when his office was broken into and the accountability taken. He argued that Director of Public Prosecution has since cleared him of the said charges.
When asked if he had sureties in court, Kihika informed Magistrate Lamunu that he was arrested last night at Communications house, taken to Jinja road police station, and his phone confiscated.
He has not been able to communicate with his relatives to come and bail him out.
It’s against this background that he has been remanded to Luzira Prison until August 07, 2017 as investigations into his case continue, according to State Attorney Peter Mugisha.