Court Releases Finance Ministry Officials Arrested in Bribery

Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Agness Alum has granted bail to two Ministry of Finance officials accused of soliciting  and receiving a Shs1.8billion bribe from an investor.

John Charles Ogol a principle finance officer and Geofrey Turyamuhika; a senior economist  were remanded  to  Luzira prison on May 27th after being charged with bribery. They however denied the charges.

As one of the bail conditions, malady Chief Magistrate Alum ordered each of the accused to pay a cash bail of Shs 8million, deposit their passports with court and to stay away from the Ministry of Finance until further notice.

Prosecution alleges  that the duo on January 30th, at Ministry of Finance headquarters in Kampala being public officials solicited for a bribe of USD 300,000 and accepted US dollars 16,600 each, from a one Sserunjogi Hassan.

The alleged bribe was meant to ease for the investors the documentation concerning the financing and construction of a power sub-station and transmission line for the Guagzhou Dongsongh Energy Group(U)LTD Project at Tororo.

They are expected to report back to court on May 22nd 2017.

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