Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has interdicted Edgar Gerald Agaba, the CEO National Lotteries and Gaming Board, who is facing corruption related criminal charges.
The minister in a July 19th letter, ordered Mr Agaba to leave office immediately until both the police and internal investigations into his conduct are disposed of.
Agaba, who has been heading the gaming board since 2017, is facing embezzlement charges before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala
According to prosecution, Agaba together with one John Patrick Kazoora the board’s Manager in Charge of Finance Administration stole 710 million shillings and also made fraudulent requisitions for another Shs 470 million and another Shs 360 million to the Finance Ministry in 2018.
Both suspects are out on bail.
Minister Kasaija says nonetheless, that he decided to interdict Mr Agaba to allow investigations in the allegations to carry on.
“It is necessary that you step down …as we wait for the outcomes of the proceedings,” he said.
“Therefore …I hereby interdict you from exercising the powers and functions of your office with immediate effect as we carry out internal investigations and also await the decision of court.”
In the meantime, according to Minister Kasaija‘s directives, Agaba will be receiving half his salary and shall not be allowed access to office or to leave the country without the minister’s permission.