By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Troubled Chief Executive Officer of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Sylvia Ntambi Muwebwa is in more trouble and may soon face arrest over allegations that she intentionally declined to appear before Anti-corruption court to answer for the charges lodged against her, but instead, allegedly faked sickness.
Ntambi, who is charged together with other members of her commission for causing huge financial losses to the government, was scheduled to appear in court together with the co-accused on September 22 but she did not show up, after allegedly faking sickness. The hearing was later rescheduled to September 29 but still, she reportedly snubbed court and the matter was adjourned to October 29.
Her lawyer, Mac Dusman Kabega informed the court that his client, Ntambi was very sick with hypertension and had been admitted to Medik Hospital in Kawempe, although when Journalists went there, the management of the Hospital told them that Ntambi had never been admitted there.
Ntambi’s behaviour has since prompted many anti-corruption crusaders to compel Gov’t’s long arm of the law to catch up with the stubborn fellow and bring her book to answer her charges.
Among such crusaders is Kigulu South County member of parliament Andrew Kaluya, who has petitioned Lt.Col. Edith Nakalema, Head of State House Anti-corruption Unit to have Ntambi arrested for not only forging Hospital medical documents to abscond from court summons but also, for contempt of court.
In his petition titled ‘HOW SYLVIA NTAMBI MUWEBWA, CHAIRPERSON EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION IS HIDING FROM JUSTICE, Kuluya implores Nakalema and other relevant organs of the state like the police to intervene and compel Ntambi to respect rule of law in this country by subjecting herself to a court or else she paints a negative picture about the rule of law.
Read MP Kulaya’s Full Petition To Lt.Col. Nakalema Below;
HOW SYLVIA NTAMBI MUWEBWA, CHAIRPERSON EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION IS HIDING FROM JUSTICE:
“In a case before the anti-corruption court, Kololo (Ref: E/297/2019), the embattled Ntambi, (Accused 10 in that case) of EOC, was summoned to appear before Her Worship Pamela Otaya Lamunu, the Chief Magistrate to answer to corruption charges as follows;
CHARGES AGAINST NTAMBI
1) Conspiracy to defraud Government of Uganda c/s 309 of the Penal Code Act.
Moses Mugabe, Jemba Evans and Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, between 19th day of November 2019 and 30th April 2019 at EOC offices, being employed in the commission, conspired to defraud the Government of Uganda Shillings thirty-five million, two thousand Uganda (UGX 35,002.000)
Conspiracy to defraud c/s 309 of the Penal Code Act
Agnes Enid Kamahoro, Mujuni Mpitsi, Olwor Sunday Nicholas and Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, between the 6th day of January 2019 and 30th April 2019, being employed in the said Commission conspired to defraud the Government of Uganda of shillings Nine Million, four hundred and eighty thousand (UGX 9,480,000).
Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, between the month of July 2018 and April 2019 at EOC, being employed as Chairperson, neglected her duty of directing the administration of the affairs of the Commission thereby leading to gross Mismanagement of the Commission’s funds.
On the 22nd September 2020, sent a lawyer by names of Kaggwa from Kaggwa & Kaggwa Advocates, claiming she was out of Kampala and requested to appear on 7th October 2020 to which the Chief Magistrate granted.
On 7th October 2020, Ntambi, through her newly engaged lawyer, Macdusman Kabega, from Tusiime, Kabega & Co. Advocates, tendered documents before the court, claiming that she was admitted to Medik Hospital in Kawempe. Ntambi deceived court that she was suffering from chronic hypertension and that her condition required a major operation at Medik Hospital in Kawempe. However, investigative journalists immediately visited Medik Hospital and were shocked to learn that Ntambi had never been admitted nor visited that facility.
Her worship the Chief Magistrate directed Macdusman Kabega to produce Ntambi in court on 29th October 2020 to take a plea or else be arrested forthwith.
CONTEMPT OF COURT/PERJURY BY NTAMBI SYLVIA
It has been widely observed that Ntambi Sylvia openly abused and insulted the courts of law. In fact, the Chief Magistrate tasked the DPP to investigate whether Ntambi was sick as alleged.
We propose that concerned state agencies like police and the State House Anti-corruption Unit should support the DPP’s office and expeditiously investigate the matter to enable the Chief Magistrate to make an informed decision adding that the video clip captured by investigative journalists at Medik Hospital in Kawempe gives a clue.
Consequently, the Directors of Medik Hospital must exhibit professionalism by openly telling Ugandans how the embattled chairperson of EOC acquired documents purportedly issued by their health facility. This needs to be urgently investigated and findings submitted to the court.