Court orders lawyer Kasango to pay Tooro queen Shs3bn

Lawyer Bob Kasango in the dock at Buganda road court

Lawyer Bob Kasango in the dock at Buganda road court

Court in Kampala has ordered city lawyer Bob Kasango who was recently convicted for theft and uttering false documents to compensate Tooro Queen mother Best Kemigisa 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 on two counts of uttering false documents and another count of theft by agent.

During the sentencing, the court also ordered Kasango to pay a fine of Shs12million or be jailed for five years.

He is expected to pay the money within one month or it will be recovered as a civil debt.

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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