Pension scam: Lwamafa, Obey, Kunsa, convicted

Pension scam: Lwamafa, Obey, Kunsa, convicted

The Anti-Corruption Court presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu has today found Jimmy Lwamafa, Chris Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka guilty of causing financial loss of over sh88.2b and abuse of office.

Lwamafa, the former ministry of public service permanent secretary, Obey, principal accountant and Kunsa, director research and development were on August 19, 2015, arraigned before court and charged with several counts in relation to the irregular budgeting  of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and  misappropriation of sh88b allocated to it.

Gidudu ruled that the evidence which was brought in court clearly proved that these three made budgetary provisions for Shs88.2bn in the two financial years of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 as NSSF contributions, while knowing that government workers are exempted from contributing to NSSF.

“Jimmy Lwamafa is culpable because he validated the payment and signed off the Money, Kiwanuka Kunsa was the vote holder who managed the budget whereas Christopher Obey was a technical person who was a signatory to the account.” Gidudu said.

The judge faulted the trio saying that they knew that they had no powers to cause these contributions to NSSF but they went ahead to do it.

The judge is expected to deliver his sentence later today.