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UHRC Officials Charged With Embezzlement

On Tuesday, senior officials from Uganda Human Rights Commission were charged with four counts which included abuse of office, embezzlement, conspiracy to defraud and theft of government funds.

The officials were recently arrested by the State House Anti-corruption Unit led by Lt Col. Edith Nakalema.

These included Wilfred Asiimwe, who is the Acting Director Regional Services, Patrick Mabiiho the Secretary to the Commission, Tadeo Wamala who is an Accountant of Commission.

The others were Rebecca Nassuna Agnes, and A Willy jirembabazi.

It is said that the accused abused the authority of their offices, an act which is arbitrary, prejudicial to the interest of their employer who is the government of Uganda.

According to the charges, the accused fleeced the commission of over Shs 200 million which they requisitioned, processed and made payment to their personal accounts.

The anti-corruption unit said that the officials purportedly requisitioned the funds meant for human rights activities for Hoima district and regional offices in Kampala which ended up in their personal accounts.

However the Chief Magistrate of Anti-corruption Court in Kampala granted them a cash bail of Shs 5 million each and  set 11th July as date for their case mention.

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They were also asked to deposit their passports in court and barred from accessing their offices as it would jeopardize investigations.

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