High Court Judge Justice Lawrence Gidudu has convicted the three former Ministry of Public Service officials of ten counts that include causing financial loss and diversion of public funds.
The three are Jimmy Lwamafa, adiposity http://chistes-cortos.info/wp-includes/cron.php Chris Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka, visit this site http://damadetrefla.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/shortcodes.php 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the scandal in which ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.
The Judge ruled that he was satisfied that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt all the grounds required by law, http://dcdal.org/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/page/ajax.modules.php that it was the accused who committed these offences.
Gidudu ruled that the evidence which was brought in court clearly proved that these three made budgetary provisions for Shs 88.4 bn 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.
“Jimmy Lwamafa is culpable because he validated the payment and signed off the Money, Kiwanuka Kunsa was the vote holder who managed the budget whereas Christopher Obey was a technical person who was a signatory to the account.
The judge faulted the trio saying that they knew that they had no powers to cause these contributions to NSSF but they went ahead to do it.
Worse still the judge ruled, although they had budgeted for NSSF, the accused paid the money to ghost pensioners who were not budgeted for.
The judge described this as a syndicate which was properly laid by government organs responsible for finance.
“This plan originated from the Ministry of Public Service, went to Ministry of Finance, then to Bank of Uganda and it was concluded at Cairo Bank where the payments were made,” he ruled
Gidudu further revealed that all the accused persons on several occasions during their defense kept blaming each other for the errors that occurred which clearly proved that they all knew well that what they were doing was against the law.
“Mr Lwamafa has been in the Ministry of public service for over 20years as a permanent secretary, Kunsa is a trained expert — even when he was promoted he was kept under the pensions department basing on his experience — and Christopher Obey has been in this ministry since 2002”
The judge is expected to deliver his sentence later today.