By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Attorney General and the principal legal adviser to the government William Byaruhanga with Counsel Andrew Kasirye are in hot after allegedly fraudulently transferred Ugx1,681,471,042 from the accounts of the Judiciary.
According to the letter seen by this website dated July 10,2020 signed by Director Criminal Investigations Grace Akullo issued to the secretary of the Judiciary High Court, states that the duo transferred the huge amount Bank of Uganda from the accounts of the Judiciary the accounts of M/S Heed Debt recovery Services Ltd No. 7255001733 held in ECOBank Rwenzori Branch.
The letter also reveals that by the time fraud was detected, the suspects had already withdrawn Ugx200,000,000.
The CID therefore wants the secretary of the judiciary to provide the following:
(i) The requisition with its attachment (if any) made to his/her office which led to approval of the payment.
(ii) Payment request to the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and other pay documents.
(iii) A list of the officials who handled the process, and
(iv) Any other documents related to the case under Investigation. And also make a statement in relation to the alleged Fraudulent transfer.
On the matter, the Permanent Secretary of the Judiciary Pius Bigirimana wrote to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department confirming that there was possible fraudulent payment of Ugx1681,471,042 to Heed Debt Recovery.
The letter reads.
ALLEGED FRAUDULENT PAYMENTS OF UGX1,681,471,042(ONE BILLION SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY ONE MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND FORTY TWO SHILLINGS.I received communication from the Permanent Secretary/Secretary Treasury informing me of a possible fraudulent payment Shs.1681,471,042- to Heed Debt Recovery.This payment was made in recommendations made by the following:i) HW Dr. Agnes Nkonge- She issued a Court Order directing payment on 4 June 2020.i) HW Mary Ikit requisitioned the payment and attached a receipt dated 26/01/2020 to confirm that the payment was genuine.Coupled with the above is another payment which was made to Kasirye and Baruhanga Co.Advocates in favour of Entebbe Handling Services of USD48,294.26The payment was again originated by a Court Order signed by HW Dr. Magret Nkonge. The requisition was originally made by HW Tom Chemutai and later by HW Mary Ikit on 16″January 2020,I shall appreciate it if you investigated these two payments to establish whether actually they were fraudulently requisitioned or genuine.