Court in Kampala has asked three jailed former top officials of the Public Service Ministry including the former permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa to prepare their defense which starts May 18 in a case in which they were charged over irregular budgeting of Shs88bn pension cash.
This was after presiding Judge Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti-Corruption Court on Monday ruled that the three Ministries of public service officials have a case to answer.
Justice Gidudu, ruled that the three suspects including Christopher Obey, the former principal accountant and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, former commissioner in the compensations department, each one of them ‘infected’ or ‘affected’ the other leading to the alleged loss of the money in question.
The suspects, who are on remand at Luzira prison, face several corruption charges ranging from causing financial loss, abuse of office, corruption, false accounting, and conspiracy to defraud public resources.
The charges that they deny stem from the alleged fraudulent budgeting of over Shs88billion of civil servants’ pension contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) very well knowing that civil servants don’t contribute to NSSF.