First witness pins down Bantariza false account
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 16:47
KAMPALA- The former head of the National Leadership Institute (Nali), Col Shaban Bantariza, has been accused of opening a separate bank account to manage a fund which was earmarked for development of the institution.
Maj Alfred Kamusala, a former administrative officer at the Kyankwanzi-based Nali, testified that Col Bantariza dropped the known Nali account in Kiboga and opened another where he became the principal signatory and two others, including one Capt Edison Muhiribwoha.
Maj Kamusala is the first prosecution witness in the alleged fraud case against Col Bantariza at the Makindye-based General Court Martial chaired by Brig Moses Ddiba Sentongo.
“Towards the end of 2009, I received a call from the President’s office saying there was money meant for developing Kyankwazi. When I received that call, I was in the process of informing my boss (Bantariza) but I found that he had received a similar call and that he was proceeding to Kampala and he went,” said Maj Kamusala, adding that it was Shs500 million which required a work plan.
According to Maj Kamusala, the accused senior officer bought a motor vehicle for the institute without following the procurement process.
“Col Bantariza’s tenure as our boss was marred by threats of dismissal leading to several groups because workers felt insecure and unappreciated,” Maj Kamusala said.
However, Col Bantariza, represented by Mr Frank Kanduho and Mr Henry Kyarimpa, assisted by Capt Nasser Drago, denies the charges.
Prosecution led by Lt Gerald Bamwitirebye alleges that on February 3, 2011 at Akamba Uganda Ltd, Plot 12 old Port Bell Road in Kampala District, being the director of Nali, Col Bantariza received a tractor and its accessories donated to Nali by the ministry of Finance. He is alleged to have indicated that he purchased the said tractor at Shs67 million.