City lawyer jailed over Shs15.4bn pension cash

Lawyer Bob Kasango

Lawyer Bob Kasango

Kampala lawyer Bob Kasango has been remanded to Luzira prisons for allegedly forging a judicial document aimed at embezzling over Shs15.4 billion pension money.

Kasango was produced in Anti-Corruption Court on Wednesday alongside a court clerk, Milton Mutegeya.

Court heard that three imprisoned former Ministry of Public Service officials led by former permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa diverted the money to Kasango’s Marble Law Firm.

The money was meant to cater for legal fees after another city law firm that won a pension case against government for having delayed to pay over 6,339 pensioners.

A charge sheet signed by the DPP Mike Chibita, says Kasango and Mutegeya during the month of June 2012, forged a Judicial document (a certificate of taxation) dated June 20 2012 purporting that it was properly issued by the deputy registrar of the Civil Division of the High Court certifying that the pensioners bill of costs had been taxed and allowed at Shs7.8 billion whereas not.

They are also accused of conspiring to forge a judicial document (a certificate of order against the government) dated June 22, 2012 purporting that it was properly issued by the deputy registrar directing the attorney general to make a further payment of Shs3.9 billion as taxed costs in the pensioners case whereas not.

The duo has been remanded until Thursday.

The other Ministry of Public Service officials; former principle accountant in pension scheme, Christopher Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former commissioner Compensation Department, were also charged.

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