Court Orders Public Services Convicts to Refund 50bn

High Court’s Anti Corruption Court in Kampala has sentenced all three of convicted former officials of the Ministry of Public Service to different jail termed, ampoule after they were found guilty of causing government a 88billion shillings loss.

The three are Jimmy Lwamafa, Chris Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka, who have been at the center of the scandal in which ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

Justice Lawrence Gidudu sentenced Mr Lwamafa to 7years in jail; Kiwanuka Kunsa got 5 years while Christopher Obey was handed 10 years in jail.

The trio on top of the sentences were also ordered to jointly refund Shs. 50billion by the court.

The Judge in his ruling said this serve as an example all corrupt officers and those intending to play tax payers money.

Earlier in the day, the trio was convicted on ten counts that include  causing financial loss and diversion of public funds.

Gidudu ruled that the evidence which was brought in court clearly proved that these three made budgetary provisions for Shs 88.4 billion in the two financial years of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 as NSSF contributions, while knowing that government workers are exempted from contributing to NSSF.

Justice Gidudu said while passing the judgement, that he considered a number of factors including their family responsibilities, their age as well as the roles they played in this syndicate of crime.

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