Top Gaming Officials Charged With Theft Of Shs712.5 Million

The Executive Director of the Gaming and Lotteries Regulatory Authority, Edgar Agaba and the Manager of Finance Administration, John Patrick Kazoora, have been charged with stealing Shs. 712.5 million belonging to the Board. They appeared today in the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court before Chief Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya.

Prosecution that was led by Ms. Abigail Agaba charged the 2 senior officials for stealing Shs.352.5 million between 17th October 2018 and 14th February 2019. They also faced an alternative charge of causing financial loss to the Gaming and Lotteries Regulatory Board.

The second charge was for stealing Shs.360 million. Prosecution informed Court that the 2 released Shs.470 million on 14th Feb 2019 purportedly for paying hotel bills for an event that ran for 4 days whereas the function ran for only one day. It was stated that this caused the institution a loss to the tune of Shs. 360 million. They also faced an alternative charge for having approved Shs.280 million for a sensitization workshop for boda boda riders from Kawempe.

They pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The Chief Magistrate released them on cash bail of Shs.20 million each and were required to deposit their passports at the Court. Their 6 sureties were each bonded at non-cash of Shs. 250 million.

Chief Magistrate Ocaya observed that the accused committed what is classified as economic crimes that cannot be taken lightly. The case was adjourned to 16th August 2019.

Lawyers Davis Wesley Tusingwire, Fred Mwema and Fred Mwebaze represented accused number one, Edgar Agaba while lawyers Davis Wesley Tusingwire and Caleb Amanya represented the second accused, John Patrick Kazoora.

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