16 December 2012

Uganda: Akankwasa Wife Jailed Three Years for Stealing Shs900 Million

Juliet Katusiime, the imprisoned wife to former National Forestry Authority (NFA) Executive Director Damian Akankwasa, has vowed to take her revenge on her husband.

She is angry he got her imprisoned for stealing Shs 900m in 2009, which was stashed away under a mattress in their marital home in Ntinda. After appearing before City Hall Magistrate Juliet Hatanga, Katusiime said she was waiting for Akankwasa to join her in prison.

"Even if we are jailed, I will make sure you also find us there because even your case is soon coming; so, be warned," Katusiime told Akankwasa.

David Ssebuliba, who was jointly convicted with Katusiime, predicted Akankwasa would be in jail for 20 years. In response, Akankwasa asked his wife for evidence they both had against him, to which Katusiime replied; "The way you cooked evidence against us, is the same yardstick we shall use against you."

Katusiime was sentenced to three years' imprisonment on each of the three counts of theft and two of forgery but will serve the sentences concurrently, which means the maximum period she can serve in jail is three years.

While her co-accused Ssebuliba was sentenced to two years for acquiring and retaining part of the stolen money, the third co-accused Maj Godfrey Kyomuhendo will only serve one year as he was acquitted of the offence of retaining the money.

The Kamwokya Community Caring Empowerment SACCO Limited was ordered to pay to Akankwasa Shs 367m that Katusiime and Ssebuliba had invested there. Katusiime and Sebuliba will refund the balance of Shs 533m in addition to serving the prison sentence.

The money belonged to Akankwasa and his two brothers.

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