By Aggrey Twesigye
Three government officials have been charged before the Anti-corruption court Kololo with embezzlement of ugx93 million and granted bail though they denied the charges.
Court presided over by grade one magistrate Moses Nabende yesterday heard that the three embezzled the money meant to pay salaries and wages for the district staff between June and December 2019 when they kept it on their personal accounts during Nakityo’s time as CAO Ntungamo.
The three are; Nakityo Joanita who is the current chief administrative officer-CAO of Buliisa District Local Government, Byaruhanga Andrew the Chief Finance Officer Ntungamo district and Ashaba Julius the information technology officer of Ntungamo district.
Prosecution led by Inspector General of Government-IGG’s Thomas Okoth states that they had access to the money by virtue of their respective offices; and investigations in this case are complete.
Court ordered that ugx 7 million cash bail be paid by Nakityo who pocketed ugx62 m out of the 93, and 4.5 m bail by Byaruhanga and Ashaba who pocketed 16 m and 14 m respectively.
The trio were arrested from Ntungamo last Thursday in an operation led by Regional Inspectorate Officer Mbarara Oketch Fredrick.
Magistrate Nabende has ordered the accused persons to report back to court on 30th March 2021 for their trial to start.
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