Convicted lawyer Kasango returns for sentencing

Lawyer Bob Kasango

Lawyer Bob Kasango

Court in Kampala is Tuesday expected to pass judgement against convicted city lawyer Bob Kasango who stole by agent and uttering false documents to defraud government of Shs3.3bn.

Prosecution says between 2008 and 2009, Kasango received over Shs3.3bn from the permanent secretary in the ministry of lands, housing and urban development through M/s Hall and Partners for and on behalf of Tooro Queen Mother Best Kemigisa but he did not fully remit the money to her.‪

High Court judge Justice Elizabeth Kabanda convicted him.

At the close of last week, state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya asked Buganda Road court Chief Magistrate to sentence Kasango to 14 years in prison.

Kasango’s lawyer Rajab Arinaitwe asked court to grant his client a non-custodial sentence since he is a first offender with no criminal record against him.

The magistrate set May 31st as the date when he will pronounce his sentence.

In March, Anti-Corruption Court remanded Kasango to Luzira for allegedly conspiring to forge a judicial document in order to steal over 15.4 billion Shillings pension cash.

He was later granted a cash bail of Shs50m.

Prosecution alleges that Kasango and Mutegeya, during the month of June 2012, forged a certificate of taxation dated June 20, 2012 purporting that it was issued by the Deputy Registrar of the Civil Division of the High Court.

The document certified that the pensioners bill of costs had been taxed and allowed at 7.8 billion Shillings whereas not.

In the scam, up to 15.4 billion Shillings was paid to a non-existent law firm; Hall and Partners to cover the cost of defending government in a case filed by over 6000 civil servants, challenging their retrenchment in 1992.

The retrenched employees sought a court order to be paid pension and general damages.

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