Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi remanded until 4th November
Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi today morning turned herself in and was charged before the anti-corruption court following threats to order for her arrest to answer charges of conspiracy to defraud and corruption though she denies the charges.
Muwebwa applied for bail through Kabega and Tumusiime Company Advocates but the Chief Magistrate Pamella Lamunu Ochaya remanded her to Kigo Prison until November 4, 2020.
She is jointly charged with nine other commission officials who are facing 26 counts that include embezzlement, and causing government a financial loss of shs245.5 million.
The suspect is alleged to have neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the commission thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the commission funds between July 2018 and April 2019 at the Equal Opportunities Commission offices in Kampala.
Other accused persons include Agnes Enid Kamahoro,the Senior Personal Secretary, Moses Mugabe the Senior Monitoring Evaluation Officer, Mujuni Mpitsi the Secretary to the Commission, Byangire Harriet the Senior Accountant, Kwesiga Ronnie the Accounts Assistant, Jemba Evans the Principle Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh the Senior Compliance Officer; Sarah Nassanga the Commission Attendant and Olwor Sunday Nicholas the Under-secretary.
Prosecution led by Angom Harriet and James Khaukha alleges that the accused officials conspired and requisitioned, approved and forwarded the said monies for payment purporting that it was going to conduct sensitization activities in Karamoja Sub region; to undertake an audit exercise of rural electrification programme in Uganda; for development of 1 and 2 draft Commission HIV/AIDs work place policy; for monitoring exercise in Lower Local Government and for senstization on equity and rights issues in lower local govt whereas not and which action they knew would cause financial loss to the Government.
Some of the accused officials are alleged to have received millions of money on their personal accounts and neglected their duty to account for it.