UGANDA: FORMER GLOBAL FUND OFFICIAL TO FACE ANTI-CORRUPTION COURT

The former coordinator of the Global Fund's Project Management Unit, Dr Tiberius Muhebwa, and city lawyer Kituma Magala, will soon be arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court on charges of causing financial loss to the fund.

Mr Richard Butera, the Director Public Prosecutions, yesterday said: "We are in the process of finalising our investigations on them and several other accused persons. Once we are finished with the files, we shall proceed with prosecution as soon as we possibly can." He, however, declined to give details on the nature of the accusations.

According to a source at the Directorate of Public Prosecutions who declined to be named, other suspects including, Mr Robert Katuntu, DFCU's former executive director and Mr Godfrey Lule, the bank's former head of treasury, will also be dragged to court.

Mr Katuntu and Mr Lule were compelled to resign from the bank, following their implication in the scandal, to pave way for investigations. Mr Kituma, Mr Katuntu and Mr Lule are accused of manipulating DFCU's exchange rates with intent to defraud the Global Fund.

They are also accused of connivance to defraud the fund through a fake commission payment of over Shs200 million to Mr Kituma for having solicited for the Global Fund transaction.

In an interview with this paper, Juma Kisaame, DfCU's managing director, said he was aware of the investigations.

An evidence file compiled with assistance from the UK's Serious Fraud Office was recently forwarded to Mr Butera's office for further action, the source said.

"The Serious Fraud Office has closely followed the cases for the last two years and has supported the police in evidence -gathering from various sources. Arrest warrants will be issued anytime from now," the source added.

The Global Fund scam was unearthed in 2005 by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, an audit firm, leading to the suspension of the fund by donors.

allAfrica.com               02/06/2011

 
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