15 to testify against former NSSF board chairman as trial starts today

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By Anthony Wesaka

Posted  Tuesday, March 11  2014 at  02:00

The Inspectorate of Government has lined up at least 15 prosecution witnesses to testify against former board chairman of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) who is facing corruption-related charges.

Mr Geoffrey Onegi-Obel is facing charges of abuse of office and causing a financial loss of about Shs8 billion to the Fun
d in connection to the bungled 2003 Nsimbe housing project.

The trial is expected to commence today before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala presided over by Justice Paul Kahaibale Mugamba.
According to the head of legal affairs at the Inspectorate, Mr Sydney Asubo, in a telephone interview yesterday said majority of the witnesses are former employees of the Fund. Mr Asubo said he expects about four witnesses to kick-start the trial.

Fresh charges
Mr Onegi-Obel recently spent some days in Luzira prison after he was charged afresh and committed to the High Court to stand trial.

According to the charge sheet, Mr Onegi-Obel while board chairman of NSSF between 2003 and 2005, he allegedly floated an illegal private business entity known as Premier Developments Ltd as a Special Purpose Vehicle on behalf of the Fund which he and others used to enter into a joint venture with a private company, Mugoya Estates Ltd.
Mugoya Estates was contracted to carry out the design and construction of the housing units at Nsimbe.

cap: Mr Geoffrey Onegi-Obel