Tuesday March 11 2014

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

By Anthony Wesaka

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