Mukula Sentence: Appeal Verdict Set For Wednesday

Mike Mukula was sentenced to four years in jail
Mike Mukula was sentenced to four years in jail

Anti Corruption Court Judge David Wangutusi is tomorrow expected to deliver his verdict in an appeal filed by former junior health minister Capt Mike Mukula.

Mukula is challenging his conviction and the four-year jail term handed to him for embezzlement.

Justice Wangutusi fixed Wednesday’s date about a month ago after he heard the appeal submissions by both the defense and prosecution.

On January 18, Anti Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa found Capt. Mukula guilty of embezzling 210 million shillings from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) account meant for youth advocacy activities in the office of the First Lady, Janet Museveni.

The Soroti Municipality MP was accordingly sentenced to four years in jail, where he has been ever since.

However, he appealed against the lower court’s decision.During the appeal hearing last month, Capt. Mukula through his lawyers argued that he was wrongly convicted of embezzlement charge since ministers are not government employees.

David Mpanga, one of Capt Mukula’s lawyers, submitted that embezzlement charge only applies to public officers; meaning that it cannot stand against their client who was a minister at the time the said crime was committed.

Capt. Mukula’s other lawyer, Ateenyi Tibaijuka, argued that the trial Chief Magistrate erred in law when she believed the prosecution’s case that his client had stolen the 210 million shillings without hearing his side first.

His lawyers concluded their appeal submissions by asking court to allow Mukula’s appeal; quash the conviction and set aside the four year jail sentence.

On the contrary, Sydney Asubo, the public prosecutor asked court to uphold the lower court’s judgment. Asubo argued that ministers are government employees who earn their wages from the consolidated fund and that the charge of embezzlement stands against Capt Mukula.

He however, asked court to substitute the charge of embezzlement with that of theft in case it ruled that ministers are not government employees.

2 thoughts on “Mukula Sentence: Appeal Verdict Set For Wednesday

  1. OMG!!!!This is a huge embarrassment, the state should send all its staff for further legal studies. How could Asubo argued that ministers are government employees because they earn their
    wages from the consolidated fund and that the charge of embezzlement
    stands against Capt Mukula. Was he a civil Servant, certainly NOT. Secondly, how could Asubo go fishing for offences and asking the Judge to substitute the offense of embezzlement with that of theft, who told him that this can be done at an appeal level, NOT possible of course. I hear he asked court to substitute the charge of embezzlement with
    that of theft in case the Court ruled that ministers are not government
    employees. This is VERY stupid, Asubo should be dismissed with an order of disgress. I want to bet with whoever wants to stand in the gap, the Judge is going to allow Mukula’s appeal; quash the conviction and set aside the four year jail sentence. This prescendent is going to over turn many cases including the one against bad black and accomplice. Whoever thinks otherwise should dare me, Mukula is going to stage a welcome party on Kampala Road tomorrow in celebration and will create a dent in Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa reasoning and certainly embarrass our judicial system. My number is 0772-397-390. Will be waiting to pay 500,000/= to whoever thinks otherwise and is ready to provide his phone number and bet the same sum in case my prophecy comes to pass.

  2. I must add that i have not seen the Judgement but am using my logic having listened to the appeal in person. Many organisations /people are going to condemn the Judge but his hands are tied, the arguments of the state were VERY weak, not even a sentimental Judgement like that of the Magistrate can not uphold the sentence. The worst case scenario is to reduce the sentence to a mere nothing. Although i believe Mukula has no case to answer.This is what the Judge is going to say in his concluding remarks. ” i have no option but to allow this appeal; quash the conviction and set aside the four year jail sentence against the Appellant. The state is at liberty to institute fresh charges against the appellant. .It appears the state forgot that even contractors earn from the consolidated fund, yet they government employees.and most importantly, even Basajja Balaba earns from the consolidated fund. Any way, am waiting for comments from those who are willing to bet against me and are ready to meet the demands of the bet immediately after Court.

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