Businessman Kirumira Denies Theft Charges

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Kirumira, who was charged with theft of over 190 million shillings belonging to Kiruhura district and two other counts of conspiracy, denied the charges while appearing before the Anti Corruption Court chief magistrate Irene Akankwasa.

City tycoon Godfrey Kirumira has this morning denied charges of theft and conspiracy to commit crime levied against him by the government of Uganda.

Kirumira, who was charged with theft of over 190 million shillings belonging to Kiruhura district and two other counts of conspiracy, denied the charges while appearing before the Anti Corruption Court chief magistrate Irene Akankwasa.

He appeared in court in response to summons issued to him on October 2nd to respond to the charges levied against him.

Kirumira is charged jointly with four other people that include Fred Kirenga, a fellow businessman and proprietor of KIFRE General Merchandise at Nana Arcade in Kampala, Fredrick Kayiira, a manager at Kirumira Towers and two bank of Baroda employees.

Court granted Kirumira a cash bail of 6 million shillings and his two sureties were bonded at 15 million shillings to ensure Kirumira appears in court on November 5 this year. The sureties are property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia and Sarah Nkonge, a senior private secretary in State House.   

Earlier this month CID investigations revealed that Baggery Trading Company which is owned by Kirumira had on its bank account 190 million shillings that was supposed to be remitted to the Consolidated Fund from Kiruhura district.
The money was meant for developmental projects in the district for the financial year 2010/11. However, it went unused and it ended up on Kirumira’s account in Bank of Baroda.