Lwamafa Bail Hopes Crushed

Former Ministry of Public Service officials facing corruption charges were yesterday denied bail by Anti-corruption Court Judge Margret Tibulya.

The three officials are Jimmy Lwamafa, the  former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service , Christopher Obey the former Principle Accountant and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former Director of Research and Development in the ministry.

A few days back, these had a good chance of regaining their freedom after they were granted bail by Justice Kavuma of the Court of Appeal, pending the hearing of their appeal in which they challenged their conviction and sentence handed to them by Anti-corruption judge Justice Lawrence Gidudu for swindling Shs 88billion shillings.

They however, couldn’t be released unless they were granted another bail by the Anti-corruption court on different charges of embezzling Shs. 15.4 billion, which case is at the hearing stage

Justice Tibulya yesterday declined to release them.

She cited medical reports submitted by the trio claiming that Luzira Prison couldn’t manage their health conditions.

The judge pointed out that these reports were issued 2years back but throughout this period the Prisons facility has managed to handle their health.

She added that the applicants are most likely to abscond like Bob Kasango, one of their co-accused who was released on bail and failed to turn up for hearing of their case.

Court remanded them back to Luzira until 10th August for hearing of their case.

Prosecution contends that in 2012, Shillings 15.4billion was paid to city lawyer Bob Kasango’s law firm as legal fees by Jimmy Lwamafa, Christopher Obey and Kiwanuka Kunsa, yet the money was meant for the payment of pension and gratuity to over 6000 ex-civil service workers.

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