By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Troubled Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Boss Sylvia Ntambi was yesterday seen at Director Public Prosecution (DPP)’s office just few hours to appear in court, today Thursday, over a couple of charges rotating around corruption and nepotism, something that left a number of pundits wondering what could be the motive behind her impromptu visit when for the last couple times, she dodged court summons reportedly faking sickness.
It should be remembered that this is not the first time Ntambi has been spotted in government big wigs’ offices, only to snub court summons hours later. Previously, Ntambi was sited in Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s office at Parliament when she was supposed to appear before court the next day. She snubbed the summons instead.
In the last court sitting, it was claimed by her lawyers that she had been taken ill and was admitted at Medik Hospital in Kawempe, which was not the case, atleast when the journalists checked with the Hospital records.
The judge, however, extended her summons to October 29 (today), warning that should she fail to show up, the court would issue a warrant of arrest against her. This would mean that any police officer would arrest her on site and drug her to Kololo-based Anti Corruption court.
“I will give her a benefit of doubt and give her the last chance and should she fail to come next time (today), a warrant of arrest will be issued. Criminal summons are extended for the very last time for October 29 at 9am,” Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Pamella Lamunu-Ocaya warned on October 7.
Ntambi is accused of negligence of duty that led to gross mismanagement of the commission’s funds.
She was indicted alongside, other nine members of the commission who have since been charged and are out on bail.
According to the amended charge sheet, the 10 commission officials are facing 25 corruption-related charges.
They range from; causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, abuse of office.
Undercount 12, Ms Ntambi alongside Ms Kamahoro and Mr Mpitsi, between January 6, 2019, and April 30, 2019, allegedly conspired to defraud the government of over Shs9m.