Court drops corruption charges against Ministers in Uganda

Uganda Court

The Anti-Corruption Court division of the High Court has set free three former ministers of health, after the state failed to prove a corruption case against them of mismanaging funds of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa acquitted Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi and Dr Alex Kamugisha over charges of causing financial loss, abuse of office and embezzlement, citing no incriminating evidence by the prosecution. Muhwezi, Kamugisha and Capt. Mike Mukula, were facing diverse charges related to the mismanagement of Shs 1.6 billion GAVI funds.

Akankwasa however ruled that Mukula has a case to answer in connection with alleged embezzlement of Shs 210 million which he reportedly received from the GAVI account for advocacy in the office of the First Lady. Prosecution produced 13 witnesses who testified that the three ex-ministers did nothing wrong as regards the procedures of requisitioning for funds.  The defence team, led by Oscar Kambona, during submissions asked court to find a no case to answer against the accused persons. The prosecution alleges that the former ministers ignored the law and regulations governing the disbursement of public funds by taking direct control of the money. Mukula will start defending himself in court on 7th September 2012.

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