Another Mitooma districts official fined for selling jobs, others maintain innocence, granted bail
Another Ministry of Local Government Officer attached to Mitooma District has been sentenced to pay a court fine of Shs 8m after pleading guilty to offering jobs through bribery before the Anticorruption court in Kololo.
Presiding Grade One Magistrate Abert Asiimwe, convicted Amon Byamugisha the Senior Human Resource Officer, and ordered him to refund 3.520.000shs to the victims and he has been disqualified from joining public service for a period of 10 years.
Failure to pay the fine and compensation will make him serve 2 years imprisonment, the Judge ruled.
Amon Byamugisha the Senior Human Resource Officer of Mitooma District Local Government told Grade One Magistrate Abert Asiimwe, that after spending three days in Luzira Prison, he thought over the allegation and decided to change his plea.
Byamugisha had earlier asked for forgiveness promising not to do it again, and admitted that it was true that he solicited for a bribe of Shs 2.5m and received only Shs 2m on his mobile phone from a one Keleth Atamba so that he can secure for him a job as Procurement Officer.
Byamugisha also admitted to having received another Shs 2.020.000/ on his mobile phone from a one Onesmus Agaaba to secure him a job as Human Resource Officer.
Byamugisha committed the offence while in performance of his duties in April 2018.
He was arraigned before court on Tuesday 9 on corruption charges where he and two others denied the allegation, but Onesmus Agaaba to whom Byamugisha had solicited a bribe from for a job implicated him by pleading guilty and was fined Shs 4.8m which he paid and went free.
Aggaba was however disqualified from joining public service for a period of 10years, the same punishment that was handed to Byamugisha after the sentence.
Now the remaining two accused persons Saverinus Bayendeza the Community Development Officer Mitooma District Local Government who is alleged to have corruptly received Shs 2m and offered a job to Sarah Kiconco as Community Development Officer, maintained that they are innocent and have been granted cash bail of Shs 1.5m and Shs 1m respectively.
They have also been cautioned to desist from interfering with investigations which can lead to cancellation of their bail. They have been ordered to report back to court on November 11 for mention of their cases.