The Anti-Corruption Court has threatened to order for the arrest of Ms. Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, the Chairperson Equal Opportunities Commission should she fail to appear in court on 29th this month.
Presiding Chief Magistrate Pamella Lamunu Ochaya issued the last Criminal Summons to Muwebwa saying there are nine other accused persons who equally need to be accorded fair treatment in this case that is of public interest.
Prosecution’s James Khaukha had also indicated to court that they are only waiting for Muwebwa to appear and plead to the charges and then all the accused persons will be committed to the High Court for trial; because investigations in this case were completed.
According to Muwebwa’s Lawyer Mcdusman Kabega, she is admitted with Migraines and hypertension Crisis at Medik Hospital in Kampala where Doctors recommend a lot of observation interms of treatment since she has to undergo an operation.
Muwebwa is facing 3 counts and 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.
The activities included undertaking 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 govt 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.