Court To Hear Mukula’s Appeal On Monday

Mike Mukula was sentenced to four years in jail but later released. HRW says government’s patronage politics and lack of political will undermine the fight against corruption in Uganda

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

The Anti-Corruption Court has fixed Monday next week to hear the appeal of jailed former health minister, Capt. Mike Mukula. Mukula is challenging his conviction and the four year sentence handed to him recently.

The appeal filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Ateenyi Tibaijjuka, will be heard by High Court judge, David Wangutusi.

On January 18, the lower court at the Anti-Corruption Division of the high court, found Capt. Mukula, guilty of embezzling Shs210 million from the  Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) account.

Subsequently, presiding Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa, handed him a four year sentence over the same.

However, Capt. Mukula who is also the Soroti Municipality MP, was dissatisfied with the conviction and the sentence. He appealed over the same.

In his grounds of appeal, Capt. Mukula states that the trial Chief Magistrate erred in law and fact when she believed the prosecution case before hearing his case.

He further says that Ms Akankwasa failed to properly evaluate the evidence adduced at the trial and thereby coming to a wrong and biased conclusion that he received and also stole  the Shs210 million.

The politician also faults the trial magistrate of failing to admit that the prosecution had departed from the particulars of the offense appearing in the charge sheet.

He also claims that the magistrate erred in law in sentencing him and regarded the custodial sentence as being mandatory and did not consider the option of fine.

Following the conviction of the politician who subscribes to the ruling NRM party, there were mixed reactions from the public.

They wondered why the court decided to only convict Mukula and yet his co-accused including his then boss, Jim Muhwezi was let off the hook.

About Post Author