Court assessors finds Obey, Lwamafa innocent, ask judge to release them


The former permanent secretary in the public service ministry, Jimmy Lwamafa; Christopher Obey, former principal accountant and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former director research and development could walk scot-free if the judge hearing the case in which they are accused of stealing a whooping sum of pensioners’ money goes by the advice of court assessors.

The Anti-Corruption Court assessors on Friday told the trial judge Lawrence Gidudu that the three suspects accused of perpetrating the loss of Shs88.2 billion are innocent and should let free.

But justice Gidudu set November 11 for judgment on the case whose hearing has taken more than a year.

According to the assessors; Vincent Ferrer and Stanley Kurung, the prosecution failed to prove that the suspects caused government a financial loss.
Ferrer read out the joint opinion in which they argued that evidence presented showed that the money in question was paid to Cairo Bank. He wondered why the banks was never investigated for the same case.

He said that if the money was lost, then the fraud originated from the banks and that the three suspects were never linked to it.

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