Court finds Lwamafa, Obey, Kunsa guilty of fraud

Mr Obey, Mr Kunsa and Mr Lwamafa at Anti Corruption Court recently. Photo by Dominic Bukenya

What you need to know:

  • Last month, court assessors Mr Vincent Ferrer and Mr Stanley Kurung advised court that, in their opinion, the prosecution did not prove that the suspects caused government a financial loss.
  • The assessors observed that since the finance ministry released money to public service in the following financial year of 2011/12, it then implied that there was no query in the first financial year of 2010/11.

Anti Corruption Court in Kampala has found three former top employees of ministry of public service including Jimmy Lwamafa, the ex-permanent secretary guilty of all the ten charges slapped against them by the state.
Presiding judge, Lawrence Gidudu summarised in his ruling that the fraud to steal the Shs88.2 billion was hatched in the public service, smoothened in finance ministry and executed in Cairo bank where the money was finally paid out to ghost pensioners.


Pension scam: Court assessors advise judge to acquit Lwamafa, Obey

The courts assessors observed that the head of the CID, Ms Grace Akullo, who unearthed the alleged fraud of Shs165 billion in the public service ministry, was never called to testify

Other convicts are Christopher Obey, the ex-principal accountant in the pensions department and Mr Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the ex-director research and development.

The three along with others are accused of perpetrating the loss of Shs88.2 billion.