Tuesday August 19 2014

City lawyer charged for embezzling Shs138 million


City lawyer Arthur Murangira has been arraigned before the AntiCorruption Court and charged with embezzling of over Shs138 million belonging to his former employer and a fellow lawyer Andrew Kasirye.

Mr Murangira who appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court denied the two counts of embezzlement preferred against him.
Shortly after taking plea on amended charge sheet, the complainant Mr Kasirye of Kasirye, Byaruhanga Co. Advocates; took to the dock and testified against him.

In his testimony, Mr Kasirye who is also the former president of the Uganda Law Society told court of how Mr Murangira went behind his back and privately received money from a client Mr Balbinder Singh Gill of Jinja Town that had been meant for the law firm.

Mr Kasirye further in his testimony, told court presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu that Mr Murangira had resigned due to disagreements with him.

“Arthur (Murangira) left my law firm and set up his own. But upon leaving, one of our clients Mr Balbinder Singh came to me complaining of how I had left some of the aspects of work with Arthur,” Mr Kasirye said.

He added: “I was surprised since he was no longer working with us. I immediately contacted Arthur about his going behind my back doing business and picking money on behalf of the law firm yet he was no longer our employee,” Mr Murangira said.

Mr Kasirye further testified that a meeting was arranged between Mr Murangira and other managing partners of the law firm but him excluded and that he (Murangira) admitted having carried along with him six land titles of the firm’s clients and 20,000 US Dollars.

But during cross examination, Mr Murangira indicated that their client had private instructions to which he earned the money in question.
The prosecution led by state attorney Harriet Angom, alleges that between March 11, 2011 and November 2012 while being employed by Kasirye, Byaruhanga Co Advocates, Mr Murangira stole money amounting to Shs63 million, which money he received or took to his possession for or on account of his employer.

In count two, the prosecution alleges that Mr Murangira between March 18, 2012 and October 2012 stole US Dollars 30,000 which he received or took into his own possession for or on the account of his employer.