Court issues summons for EOC boss Sylvia Ntambi

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The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo has issued criminal summons for the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi.

She is expected to appear on 7th October to answer three counts that include conspiracy to commit fraud.

The court’s chief magistrate, Pamela Lamunu Ocaya, extended the summons to October 7 following a request for an extension by prosecutor Harriet Ongom after Ntambi failed to appear before the court.

Ntambi and her staff are facing 25 counts of causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, and abuse of office.

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He co-accused are Mujuni Mpitsi, the Secretary to the Commission, Olwor Sunday Nicholas, the undersecretary, Moses Mugabe, a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Byangire Harriet, a Senior Accountant.

Others are; Edith Kamahoro, a senior Personal Secretary; Kwesiga Ronnie, an Accounts Assistant; Jjemba Evans, the Principle Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh, a Senior Compliance Officer, and Sarah Nassanga an Office Attendant.

According to the charge sheet signed by Jane Frances Abodo, the Director of Public Prosecution, Ntambi, Mugabe, Mujuni Mpitsi and Jemba conspired to defraud the government of sh35,002,000.

The prosecution alleges that the accused claimed the money to undertake an audit exercise of the Rural Electrification Programme in Uganda which activity is said to have not taken place.

It also alleged that Ntambi between July 2018 and April 2019 at the Equal Opportunities Commission offices in Kampala District, as the chairperson, neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the Commission, thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the Commission Funds.

Last week, court summoned Ntambi alongside the nine senior officials were charged last year but are out of prison on bail.

Ntambi was not present in court when the charge sheet was read as she was reportedly away in Mbale and Kumi districts on official duty.

She was represented by her lawyer, Mr Hanan Kaggwa.

The chief government prosecutor said Ms Ntambi’s negligence led to gross mismanagement of the commission’s funds between July 2018 and April 2019.

Ntambi, Kamahoro and Mpitsi between January 6, 2019 and April 30, 2019, allegedly conspired to defraud government of more than Shs9m.

Under the charge of abuse of office, Mugabe, Mpitsi and Kwihangana are accused of abusing their authority when they fraudulently processed, requisitioned and approved Shs29m in January last year purportedly for undertaking sensitisation programmes in Karamoja Sub-region whereas not.

In a separate count, Kamahoro, Mpitsi, and Olwor in December 2018, allegedly processed, requisitioned and approved Shs19m purportedly for development of the first and second draft of Equal Opportunities Commission HIV/Aids workplace policy, knowing their acts would cause government a financial loss.

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