The Anti-corruption High Court judge Margaret Tibulya has convicted three former Ministry of Public service staff and City Advocate Bob Kasango over theft of Shs 15.4 bn for pensioners.
The convicted include Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Jimmy Lwamafa who has been sentenced to 9 years in jail; Christopher Obey, the former Principal Accountant in the ministry who has been sentenced to 14 years; Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa the former Director Research and Development, who has been sentenced to 9 years and City advocate Bob Kasango, sentenced to 16 years
These have been facing a number of charges which include conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, theft and diversion of public funds.
The judge said she was convinced by the evidence brought by the prosecution that it proved beyond reasonable doubt that these people committed these offences
Before sentencing the accused, the judge put in consideration the fact all three former Public Service ministry officials lived in a luxury lifestyle using money they had stolen from government.
“All the three people have a past record of conviction on charges related to theft of government money and have been living fictitious lives. They were a liability to society,” Justice Tibulya said.
She added that these officials are all senior people who clearly understood the difference between pension money and legal fees or damage compensation “therefore it cannot be taken in by court that they could have confused these two.”
Although the convicts had asked court to give them a lenient sentence being that they are sole caretakers of their families, Tibulya declined on grounds that all the four had caused a huge financial loss to government due to the roles they played in theft of the shs15.5 billion meant for pensioners.
The court also asked each of the three former Public Service Ministry officials to refunds shs.3.5 billion whereas lawyer Bob Kasango was ordered to refund shs500 million shillings
The former Public officers were last year convicted by Anti-corruption court judge Lawrence Gidudu after being found guilty of misappropriation of Shs 88 billion of pension funds and are still serving their sentences at Luzira Prison.