Public service officials in Luzira over Shs88bn


Obey (L) and Lwamafa

Former Public Service permanent secretary, Jimmy Lwamafa, has been remanded to Luzira prisons over Shs88bn civil servants cash.

Lwamafa was charged together with former principle accountant, Christopher Obey, in connection to alleged fraudulent budgeting of over Shs 88bn of civil servants’ contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

Stephen Kunsa Kiwanuka, the former Director Research & Development, was also charged and remanded alongside the three officials.

They are accused of causing financial loss, abuse of office, false accounting to conspiracy to defraud the government, charges they denied.

The suspects appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, on Wednesday after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) reinstated the pension charges.

The officials were earlier cleared of charges in the Shs 165bn pension case after prosecution failed to produce witnesses.

Prosecution led by principle state attorney, Jane Abodo, presented to court a summary of the case saying investigations were complete asking that the suspects be committed to the High Court for trial.

The prosecution alleges that between in 2010 and 2012, the suspects made  budgetary provisions of over Shs 88bn as NSSF contribution while knowing that that civil servants are exempted from contributing to NSSF.

Chief Magistrate, Sarah Langa Siu, remanded them to Luzira maximum prison saying her court did not have jurisdiction to hear a bail application.

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