13 November 2012

Uganda: Kirumira Has Case to Answer - Prosecution

City tycoon Godfrey Kirumira remains a worried man after prosecution in the fraud case against him told the anti-corruption court that despite paying back Shs 190m to Kiruhura district, he must face criminal charges.

Kirumira and his four co-accused appeared before Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa last week for mention, and their case was adjourned to December 13. State Attorney Lillian Omara had requested for one more month to complete investigations, but Kirumira's lawyer, Alex Bashasha, objected insisting that there was nothing to investigate.

"Since money which was erroneously found on our client's company account was returned, this is the best time to withdraw all charges because there is no loss made at this stage," Bashasha said.

But Omara insisted that paying back the money to Kiruhura district did not exonerate the accused.

"We intend to prosecute the accused persons as charged, and court will give its findings thereafter. But we want to first complete investigations in relation to the forgery charges," Omara said.

Kirumira was first charged with five counts of theft, conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery in September.

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