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Pension Case: Accounts Assistant Pleads Guilty, Returns Cash

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Jane Okuo Kajuga, the DPP Spokesperson explained that Olokas lawyers approached the directorate seeking for negotiations on how their client could refund the money he took.
26 Oct 2015 17:35
David Oloka at the Anti Corruption Court moments before he pleaded guilty for the theft Over Shillings 360 Million
David Japins Oloka, the former Senior Accounts Assistant Ministry of Public Service has pleaded guilty for the theft of over USD 102,108 (about Shillings  365 Million) pensioner\'s money. Oloka told court he took the money under the pretext of paying foreign pensioners, a thing he didn\'t do.  

As a result of his own plea of guilt, Susanne Okeny, the Grade one magistrate of the Anti-Corruption court sentenced Oloka to one year in jail or a fine of Shillings 4.8 million. Oloka opted to pay the fine to regain his freedom. Earlier on Oloka had also entered into a plea bargain arrangement with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions-DPP, where he agreed to refund the Shillings 365 Million he took and a fine of United States Dollars 8000 (about Shillings 30 Million). 

Jane Okuo Kajuga, the DPP Spokesperson explained that Oloka\'s lawyers approached the directorate seeking for negotiations on how their client could refund the money he took. According to Kajuga, Oloka accepted liability. As a result, the DPP asked him to refund all the money he took plus a fine of Shillings 30 million in exchange of being let of the hook. Oloka reportedly accepted the terms and paid the money to Bank of Uganda. 

In her ruling, Susanne Okeny, the Grade one magistrate of the Anti-Corruption court held that the criminal justice system encourages plea bargain due to its advantages such as reducing congestion in detention facilities and encouraging reconciliation among the warring parties. She also noted that Oloka had not wasted court\'s time by going through a full trial, hence the leniency. 

Oloka was formerly one of the nine suspects in the Shillings 165b pension case that was dismissed by the Anti Corruption Court in April this year due to lack of seriousness from the prosecution. As a result, the DPP Mike Chibita reorganised himself and split the pension case into four smaller cases. They include; payment made to foreign pensioners and payments made to NSSF, which is ongoing. 

Three former top Public Service Ministry Officials including Jimmy Lwamafa, the former permanent secretary and Obey are facing trial. The remaining two cases involve money paid to a city lawyer Bob Kasango and the main pension case.