Fugutive Kyambogo Official Finally Charged

A Kyambogo University official, who was on the run after he skipped court to enter plea with seven others on Thursday last week, has finally been charged for disobeying the orders of the IGG.

Mr Jackson Betihamah,(Chairman of the Senior Administrative Staff Association), voluntarily handed himself to the IGG on Friday morning and thereafter recommended a statement. This was after the Anti Corruption Court had issued out a warrant arrest for him for dodging court on Thursday.

According to the IGG’s spokesperson, Ms Munira Ali, the suspect was later taken to the Anti Corruption Court and charged.

Ms Munira said the suspect claimed not to have known that he was needed by IGG and later court since he was not among the seven officials earlier arrested on the orders of the IGG.

His seven other colleagues who had been arrested and charged a day before included; Prof. John Okedi,75, (Chairman University Council), Prof. John Opuda-Asibo,60,(Deputy Vice Chancellor), Mr Sam Akorimo,59, (University Secretary), Mr Ham Mungyereza,45, (University Bursar), Dr Wilfred Nahamya,43, (lecturer), Mr Daniel Ndawula,45, (lecturer), and Mrs Christine Obonyo-Kyayonka,51,(Deputy Registrar-admissions)

Mr Betihamah denied the only charge of disobeying the orders of the IGG before Grade One Magistrate Michael Lagara.

State prosecutor, Mr Rogers Kinobe, did not object to his bail application but only empahsised that  two of his sureties deposit their passports with court since the suspect did not own one.

He was later released on a cash bail of Shs1m.

Prosecution alleges that Mr Betihamah along with Prof. Okedi, Dr Opuda, Mr Akorimo and Mr Mungyereza, without reasonable excuse, refused to comply with the orders of the IGG to effect that the disciplinary proceedings now pending against the Kyambogo Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaiah Omolo Ndiege before the university Appointments Board be stayed contained in a May 3 letter written by the IGG.

According to the charges sheet, some of the suspects excluding Mr Betihamah, stand accused of participating in University Council Special meeting held on October 31 2012, at Hotel Africana in Kampala despite each having personal interest of removing the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaiah Omolo Ndiege from office.

The suspects return to court on May 29 when they are expected to be sent to the High Court for trial.

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