By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Mrs Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi has been charged with corruption.
Mrs Ntambi was charged before the Anti-corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
According to one of the victims of EOC Kasamba, his failure to join a clique led by the Commission’s chairperson Sylvia Ntambi was the genesis of his troubles, since he was deliberately isolated and openly fought.
He recalls that when he was still new at the commission, he received a phone call from the Principal Investigation Officer only identified as Kakooza, who was in need of a vehicle to be used by the Chairperson on her private duties.
Kasamba, who also doubled as the commission’s transport officer explains that he rejected the request because he had only one vehicle which was also needed by a team going to the field on official duties. Because of this, the Principal Investigation Officer, allegedly told him that he would be punished for insubordination.
Ms Ntambi now joins nine senior officials from the same commission over same cases who were charged last year and later released on bail.
Who Are Her Co-Accused?
Her co-accused are Ms Agnes Enid Kamahoro, 48, the senior personal secretary, Mr Moses Mugabe, 38, a senior monitoring and evaluation officer, Mr Mujuni Mpitsi, 49, secretary, Ms Harriet Byangire, 37, a senior accountant, Mr Ronnie Kwesiga, 33, acting accounts assistant, Mr Evans Jjemba, 35, principal compliance officer, Mr Manasseh Kwihangana, 39, a senior compliance officer.
Others are Ms Sarah Nassanga, 43, an office attendant and Mr Nicholas Sunday Olwor, 51, an undersecretary.
Background Of The Case
Ms Ntambi, Ms Kamahoro and Mr Mpitsi between January 6, 2019, and April 30, 2019, allegedly conspired to defraud the government of more than Shs9m. Under the charge of abuse of office, Mr Mugabe, Mr Mpitsi and Mr 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, Ms Kamahoro, Mr Mpitsi, and Mr 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.