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Museveni officials now steal in billions-lawyer

03-02-2016-nrm-uganda

Godber Tumushabe, the Executive Director, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, says President Yoweri Museveni’s officials are now competing to find out who steals more of taxpayers’ money.

Tumushabe who doubles as a lawyer, advocate, policy analyst and social entrepreneur, was appearing on NBS television on Monday to discuss the pension scam case conviction and sentence.

On Friday, former senior employees of ministry of public Service; Jimmy Lwamafa, the ex-permanent secretary guilty; Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the ex-director research and development and Christopher Obey, the ex-principal accountant were convicted for causing government loss of Shs88.2 billion.

The presiding judge, Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala, handed them 10 years in prison.

Tumushabe has since praised the judge for giving “a very powerful ruling”.

According to him, the corruption in this country has taken shape of an amoeba because it comes in different shapes.

“You can’t say Shs88bn went into the hands of three people only. There were some other actors involved. People no-longer want to steal in millions, they are competing to steal billions.”

Tumushabe said government deserves ‘kudos’ only in this pension scam case.

“We know what happened to other cases i.e bicycle case, nothing was returned.”

On if government will be able to recover Shs50bn, Tumushabe says they can be able to recover some money if they have the will and commitment.

Morrison Rwakakamba, the Special Presidential Assistant – Research and Information at Government of Uganda – Office of the President, says investigative arms are becoming more familiar with these syndicated corruption cases.

“There should be a system to ensure that corruption, esp. involving a lot of public funds, doesn’t happen again,” he suggested.

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