As Muwebwa’s lawyer, Brian Kabafunzaki was presenting his submission for bail, a whistleblower who only identified himself as Hakim shot up in court and raised objection. He told the court that the accused had previously presented the court with fake documents from Medik Hospital claiming that she had been admitted there because of hypertension.
Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi being escorted at the Anti Corruption Court.
drama at the Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday as the Equal Opportunities Commission
Chairperson; Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi appeared to answer corruption related
appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, Pamela Lamunu
Ochaya who read for her a string of charges including corruption, abuse of
office and conspiracy to defraud the government of more than Shillings 35 million.
not guilty to the charged and applied for bail, which was denied. As Muwebwa’s
lawyer, Brian Kabafunzaki was presenting his submission for bail, a whistleblower who only identified himself as Hakim shot up in court and raised
He told the court that the accused had previously presented the court with
fake documents from Medik Hospital claiming that she had been admitted there
because of hypertension. Hakim told
the court that he had recorded a video with a nurse at Medik Hospital indicating
that Muwebwa has never been admitted there.
Consequently, Hakim demanded that Muwebwa
explains why she furnished the court with fake documents. At this point, four court
orderly officers from the counter-terrorism unit whisked Hakim to the cells. As a result,
Muwebwa’s lawyer continued with his bail application and presented three
sureties including her friends and workmates.
However, the State Attorneys led
by Harriet Ongom objected to the bail application. Ongom said Muwebwa has
been elusive and didn't want to come to court until the magistrate threatened to
issue a warrant of arrest against her. She also
asked the magistrate not to ignore Hakim's allegations, since he visited the
hospital and was told Muwebwa has never been there.
Ongom also said the sureties
presented by the applicant didn't have the necessary documents like their
official identification cards, which she said is a calculated move to abscond
from the trial. Ongom argued
further that since investigations are complete Muwebwa and her co-accused
should be committed to High Court for trial such that she can also go and apply
for bail from there.
In her ruling, Lamunu
concurred with the state that the sureties didn’t present identification
documentation. She advised Muwebwa
lawyer’s to look for the documents and make a fresh bail application. She remanded Muwebwa to Kigo government
prison until November 4, 2020.
Muwebwa is jointly charged together with her assistants including Agnes
Enid Kamahoro, Moses Mugabe, Mpitsi Mujuni, Ronnie Kwesiga, Manasseh
Kwihangana, Harriet Byangire, Evans Jjemba, Sarah Nassanga and Sunday Nicholas
The prosecution alleges that Muwebwa conspired with her assistants to steal money,
which they accessed by the virtue of the different offices they hold. The money
was obtained between January and December 2018 as per diem for editing and
drafting Equal Opportunities Commission HIV/AIDS workplace Policy, yet none of
the officials were entitled to it.
The prosecution alleges that the per diem was acquired by Kamahoro, the Senior
Personal Secretary Equal Opportunities Commission and was later irregularly
approved by Mujuni, the Secretary to the Commission, which caused a financial
loss to the government. Part of the stolen funds had been earmarked for
sensitization on equity and rights issues in lower local governments in