By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Former Director of Regional Services Uganda Human Rights Commission, Wilfred Asiimwe Muganga has been convicted and sentenced to 2 years on charges of Abuse of Office.
Muganga has also been convicted for corruption, abuse of office, and also ordered to pay damages amounting to Shs60 million.
This case was reported to the State House Anti Corruption Commission headed by Col.Edith Nakalema who investigated and handed him over to the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.
Muganga has not been alone, two of his co-accused who include; Patrick Nyakaana (secretary), and Wamala Tadeo were acquitted and vindicated by court, while the rest, Rebecca Nassuna (Principle Human rights officer) and Mabiho Patrick await conviction.
In his ruling, Anti-corruption court judge justice Lawrence Gidudu said the prosecution adduced evidence that the accused did an arbitrary act predijucial to his employer when he requisitioned shs100m purporting that the funds were for official fields activities whereas not.
In a rare display of allegiance, Nyakaana and Tadeo quickly acceded to the former’s demands and disbursed the requested money, through accounts of several top officials, who run the agency.
To the surprise of many, Asiimwe, later on, rang his subordinates, and informed them that the money was never to be used in executing agency operations, but to be shared as a wedding cake.
Asiimwe had claimed that of the requested Shs100 million, Shs20 million was to be apportioned to five offices each, including his own.
However, he later on suggested to his counterparts to give him Shs80 million, as part of the grand sharing plan. The rest would share the remaining(Shs20 million), amongst themselves.
This unethical and illicit conduct, was detected by other officials at the Commission, who immidiately informed the top management, which in turn embarked on several measures to hold Asiimwe accountable.
It was later discovered that the accused proceeded and paid Shs20 million to their personal accounts, a matter that instigated prosecution to take course.