Criminal Summons have been issued to Ms. Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, the Chairperson Equal Opportunities Commission to appear before the Anti-Corruption Court on 7th October, 2020 and answer 3 counts that include conspiracy to defraud and corruption.
Muwebwa is jointly charged with nine other Commission Officials who are facing 26 counts that include Embezzlement, and Causing Financial Loss of Shs 245.5M to government.
Prosecution led by Edwin Amanya applied for summons against Muwebwa because she is the only suspect that has not taken plea in this case whose investigations are already completed and the matter should be now for trial.
Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Pamella Lamunu Ochaya signed the summons requiring Ms Muwebwa Ntambi to appear on that day without fail.
Muwebwa is alleged to have neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the Commission thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the commission funds.
She is said to have committed the offence between July 2018 and April 2019 at the Equal Opportunities Commission offices in Kampala.
The other accused persons include Agnes Enid Kamahoro the Senior Personal Secretary, Moses Mugabe the Senior Monitoring Evaluation Officer, Mujuni Mpitsi the Secretary to the Commission, Byangire Harriet the Senior Accountant, Kwesiga Ronnie the Accounts Assistant, Jemba Evans the Principle Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh the Senior Compliance Officer; Sarah Nassanga the Commission Attendant and Olwor Sunday Nicholas the Under-secretary.
Prosecution says the accused officials conspired and requisitioned, approved and forwarded the said monies for payment purporting that it was going to conduct senstization activities in Karamoja Sub region, to undertake an audit exercise of rural electrification programme in Uganda for development of 1 and 2 draft Commission HIV/Aids work place policy, for monitoring exercise in Lower Local Government and for senstization on equity and rights issues in lower local gov’t whereas not and which action they knew would cause financial loss to the Government.
Some of the accused officials are alleged to have received millions of money on their personal accounts and neglected their duty to account for it.
The nine out of ten accused persons have since denied the allegation and are out on bail.