Lwamafa, Co-Accused Appeal Against the Judgment
By Serestino Tusingwire
Three incarcerated former Public Service officials have gone to court of appeal challenging the judgment of Anti-Corruption Court’s Justice Lawrence Gidudu that saw them sent to jail for not less than 5 years.
The three ex-officials are; former Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa, former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey and former Commissioner Compensation Department, Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa.
On November 11, Justice Gidudu sentenced the trio to 7, 10, and 5years respectively after being found guilty of causing financial loss, abuse of office, false accounting, conspiracy to defraud and diversion of public funds, amounting to Shs88bn.
The trio conspired to illegally budget for this money as NSSF yet public servants don’t contribute to the fund.
Justice Gidudu also ordered the convicts to jointly refund Shs50bn, having discovered that what they committed was a syndicate corruption, crafted in public service, modified in ministry of finance, smoothened in Bank of Uganda and perfected in Cairo bank.
In the notice filed in the Court of appeal, Lwamafa, Obey and Kunsa through their respective lawyers say they were dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court and have determined to challenge it.
They added that the reasons upon which they base their appeal will be filed as soon as they are availed a certified copy of proceedings and judgment of the Anti-corruption court.
It should be remembered that the 3 convicts still have pending charges before the Anti-corruption court where they allegedly connived with city lawyer Bob Kasango to defraud government of Shs15bn for pensioners.
The convicts are currently serving their sentence at Luzira prison.