The Anti Corruption Court sitting in Kampala and presided over by Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende has granted a cash bail worth shs 3.5m to Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi after spending close to two weeks in jail and later presented substantial sureties.
The accused person is facing 25 counts of corruption, abuse of office, causing financial loss, embezzlement and conspiracy to defraud government among others. Her bail application was heard via a video link connecting to Kigo Prison.
Court also ordered Ntambi to deposit travel documents such as passport avoid unnecessary travels to abroad and to behind her land title as some of the conditions to leave prison where she has been since last week.
Her three sureties who included LASPNET’s Sylvia Namubiru, CSBAG’s Julius Mukunda and Forum for Women in Democracy’s Director Patricia Munabi Babiha have been asked to execute a bond of 40 million shillings not cash. After fulfilling all court demands, the case was later adjourned to November 24.
Ntambi is jointly charged with her nine subordinates at the Equal Opportunities Commission on abuse of office, corruption and conspiracy to defraud government more than 35 million shillings.
The prosecution alleges that Ntambi conspired with her subordinates who are out on bail to steal money which they accessed by the virtue of the different offices they held.
The money was obtained between January and December 2018, as per diem for editing and drafting Equal Opportunities Commission HIV/AIDS workplace Policy, yet none of the officials was reportedly entitled to it.
It is also alleged that part of the stolen funds had been earmarked for sensitization on equity and rights issues in lower local governments in Karamoja region.
That the said money was to undertake an audit exercise on Rural Electrification plan but the exercise has not kicked off.