Two fuel dealers with Total Uganda Ltd have been arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court facing charges of Theft plus Conspiracy to Defraud the Petroleum Firm of Shs 32.2Bn worth Petrol, Diesel and Lubricants.
Deogracious Twagirayezu and Joseph Bbuye are jointly charged with 5 other Total staff including Senior Accountant Moses Sebalu, Taxation Officer Belinda Nakassi, Cashier Priscilla Nansikombi, Procurement Officer Rita Mbabazi Daphine and former Treasury Manager Lillian Mboizi Ssanyu who is on Criminal Summons.
Prosecution alleges that the five Fuel dealers; Twagirayezu, Bbuye, Hamel Kotech, Innocent Tugume and Kaggwa Evelyn who is also on Criminal Summons allegedly conspired with the five Total Staff and received Total stolen property, after which fictitious payment entries were posted into the Computer Network of Total to show that the money had been paid by the Businessmen into the Company’s Bank Account whereas not.
They are said to have committed the offence between 1st September, 2017 and 30th September, 2018 at Total Head Offices on 8th Street Industrial Area in Kampala; and other Offices in Wakiso and Mukono.
Twagirayezu and Bbuye have appeared before Chief Magistrate Pamella Lamunu Ochaya and denied the allegation.
They have been granted a cash bail of Shs 20M, ordered to deposit their Certificates of Land Titles and Valid Passports before they can be released from custody.
Now a total of eight accused persons are already before Court but Criminal Summons have been issued to Mboizi Lillian Ssanyu – Total’s former Treasury Manager and Kaggwa Evelyn, a business woman dealing with Total Uganda Ltd to appear in court on 9th December, 2020.
Prosecution’s Kyasimire Jackie informed Court that investigations in this case are still ongoing.