Pension scam suspects sent to Luzira coolers

Jimmy Lwamafa, the Permanent Secretary in the Public Service Ministry is among those released

Eight senior public service officials accused of causing government a financial loss of over Shs165 billion in connection to creation of 2,605 ghost pensioners and their eventual payment, have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

The eight appeared before the Anti Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Sarah Langa and denied the corruption charges preferred against them.

They  included;  Jimmy Lwamafa (60) Permanent Secretary, Public Service; Mr Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa (55), Director Research and Development, Public Service; Mr Christopher Obey Ahimbisibwe (44), Principal accountant, Public Service; Mr David Oloka Japians, ( 59) senior accounts assistant , public service.

Others are, ,Mr Stephen Lwanga (47) Accounts Assistant, Public Service; Mr Peter Ssajjabi (50), Secretary East African Community Beneficiaries Association; Mr Ishaka Setongo (40), Assistant Manager Operations, Cairo International Bank and Ms Rahman Nakigozi Mugeere (39) Compliance Officer, Cairo International Bank.

The eight officials face corruption charges ranging from causing financial loss, abuse of office, negligence of duty, embezzlement, and conspiracy to defraud.

The suspects were remanded to Luzira prison till Thursday when they will be produced for bail application.

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