May 29, 2013

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for PS Lukwago

The Anti-corruption Court has ordered for the arrest of the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Asuman Lukwago over charges related to theft of over 11 billion shillings from Global Fund.
 Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Health  Ministry's Permanent Secretary

Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary

According to the arrest warrant issued by Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa, Dr Lukwago is wanted in court on June 7 to answer to the charges.

The arrest warrant was prompted by the state prosecutor Mr Robert Mackay after Dr Lukwago and two others, failed to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon to take plea.

The suspect is wanted for conspiring with 3 other officials to steal the said monies from the Health ministry’s Global Fund project. The crime was allegedly committed between November and December last year.

His co-accused include; Mr Ponziano Nyeko (46), an Assistant Commissioner in the Health Ministry, Mr Alex Gumisiriza ( 32), Finance Manager, Global Fund in the Health ministry and Mr Sabiiti Tibaijuka (52), former police officer.

Lukwago is separately charged with neglecting his official accounting duties when he failed to ensure the proper expenditure of the ministry’s funds according to the Public and Accountability Act 2003.

According to the charge sheet, he failed to ensure the propriety of the expenditure of the MOH by signing Security Paper No. 186271 thereby authorizing Bank of Uganda to credit a fraudulent bank account in the names of National Medical Stores.

Meanwhile, Mr Sabiiti appeared before the court on Tuesday afternoon and denied the 3 counts of forging documents that among others included; a certificate of Registration, Partnership Deed and Company Resolutions in order to open an account at ABC Capital Bank Ltd in the names of National Medical Stores.

He has however, denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Akankwasa, who remanded him to Luzira prison until 7th of June when he will be reproduced in court for mention despite attempts by his lawyer to secure bail for him.

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