Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago could go to prison over failure to present a suspect who jumped bail after standing surety for her.
Lukwago stood surety for Sandra Ngabo Katebalairwe, the wife of renowned FDC Pastor David Ngabo, after she was charged with obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and uttering false documents to obtain $68,530 (Shs250m) in 2016 from Mr Jason Wu-Weiling, a Chinese national.
However, Ms Ngabo has not appeared in court to the annoyance of prosecution that has threatened to jail Lukwago, the surety.
The Lord Mayor also stood surety for two other co- accused Henry Sempinga and Benon Mugerwa. However, the duo paid the bail sum and are on bail.
On September 28, the court issued a warrant of arrest for the Lord Mayor after he failed to appear in court with Mrs Ngabo.
During Thursday’s court session, defence lawyer, Mr Senkeezi Ssali, asserted that the accused is yet to recover abroad.
Mr Ssali briefed court that the lord mayor was unable to appear before court because he was ailing from the previous day’s hectic work.
He said together all the sureties seek for one last adjournment to produce Ms Katebalairwe before court.
In reply, the state prosecutor, Mr Jonathan Muwaganya, object much to the last adjournment as sought by defence.
However, he asked the trial magistrate put to note it down that should the sureties fail to bring the accused and still fail to pay the bond sum in cash they should be remanded.
The trial magistrate, Ms Miriam Akello yielded to state’s request before extending the accused’s arrest warrant and criminal summons for Mr Lukwago.
Prosecution led by Muwaganya contends that on July 8, 2016 at Rwenzori tower in Nakasero Kampala, the suspect, Ms Katebarairwe and others still at large on with intent to defraud Mr WeiLing of Mama Mia Investments obtained $68,530 (about Shs 250m) pretending that they were renting to him space at Imperial Botanical Shopping Mall whereas not.
It is further stated that for the suspect to accomplish her fraud deal of June 15, 2016, forged a tenancy agreement of our Kampala Foundation Limited as a guarantor purporting that Imperial Botanical beach hotel had rented out a shop to Mr WeiLing which document they gave him.
This is not the first time Ms Katebalairwe is involved in controversy, she is facing similar charges of defrauding the same victim (WeiLing) before the same court.
In this case, the state alleges that on June 2, 2016 at Mama Mia restaurant along Kampala road Ms Katebalairwe, with intent to defraud obtained Shs192m from one Mr WeiLing of Mama Mia Investment Ltd by falsely pretending she would avail him rooms for rent.
It is not clear where Ms Ngabo is but in September, his sureties, Mr Sempinga and Mr Mugerwa before they were remanded presented to court what they called a medical form claiming that it was from a hospital in Hong Kong, China where Ms Ngabo is reportedly undergoing treatment.