Another senior official of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has been charged with embezzlement of government money worth Shs100 million.
Mr Mabiiho Patrick Nyakana, who is the secretary to the Commission, was on Thursday before the Anti-Corruption Court and charged with abuse of office, embezzlement and conspiracy to defraud.
He denied the charges and was released on cash bail of Shs5m while his three sureties were each asked to stake Shs50m non cash. The case was adjourned to August 16 for mention.
Mr Nyakana’s charges brings to six the number of Uganda Human Rights Commission officials who have so far been presented in court following arrest by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.
The court had issued criminal summons to Mr Nyakana after he failed to turn up when the five other officials were charged.
The other officials are: director in charge of regional services Mr Wilfred Muganga Asiimwe, Mr Tadeo Wamala (accountant), Ms Rebecca Nassuna (regional human rights officer for Jinja), Mr Willy Agirembabazi (Central region) and Ms Rebecca Agnes Tino in charge of Hoima. They were released on bail last month.
The officials are accused of disbursing the money meant for official activities to their private accounts where it was withdrawn and stolen.
The state alleges that between November 27 and 30, 2018 at the UHRC offices in Kampala, Mr Asiimwe, Mr Nyakana and Mr Wamala processed and paid Shs25m to a personal account of Rose Atim purporting the funds to be for activities of Mbarara human rights regional office whereas not and further requisitioned Shs25m which was paid to the personal account of Ms Tino purporting it to be meant for Hoima Regional office.
They also paid another Shs25m to the personal account of Ms Nassuna purporting it to be for Jinja office and Shs25m sent to Mr Agirembabazi purporting it to be for Central region whereas not.
The state alleges that between November and December 2018, Mr Asiimwe stole Shs40 million, Ms Tino stole Shs5m, MsNassuna stole Shs5m while Mr Agirembabazi stole Shs5m.