MP Kakooza Appears in Court for Fraud

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The former State Minister for Primary health Care James Kakooza on Tuesday appeared in Masaka High Court for theft and fraud charges.

The former State Minister for Primary health Care James Kakooza on Tuesday appeared in Masaka High Court for theft and fraud charges.

Kakooza, also Member of Parliament for Kabula County in Lyantonde, appeared before Justice Vincent Kibuuka Musoke to explain the alleged fraud and theft of property belonging to his late brother, Simeon Peter Kakooza.

Masaka High Court last year summoned MP Kakooza to defend himself in regard to the grabbing the property left by his late brother.

Children and relatives of the late Simon Peter Kakooza sued the MP accusing him of stealing the property that had been entrusted to him to take care since the children were still very young. MP Kakooza allegedly stole these properties in 2000.

Joseph Kakooza, the deceased’s son explains that MP Kakooza changed ownership of a maize mill on block 76, Plot 536 in Lyantonde, sold off the tractor and confiscated Dembe Bar and Lodge  also in Lyantonde town. He adds that relatives tried to settle the matter but Kakooza kept on lying to them which forced them to use court.

Since last year, MP Kakooza has been snubbing court summons until Tuesday when he finally appeared before Justice Kibuuka Musoke’s Chambers in Masaka High Court from where the theft and fraud charges were read to him. MP Kakooza, who was wearing a navy blue suit, white shirt and a yellow neck tie, denied the allegations. He claimed that he rightfully acquired the property.

But Joseph Kakooza maintains they have evidence and documents showing that MP Kakooza falsified documents and stole their property.

Justice Kibuuka Musoke adjourned the hearing to February 21 because the lawyer for the children, Abdullah Lubega was not in court due of sickness.

Journalists were barred from taking MP Kakooza’s pictures by his body guards.

In 2000 Masaka High Court and relatives of the former minister entrusted him to look after his late brother’s property, 9 children and a widow, Cissy Nabbaale. But they allege that he instead took the property for his personal benefits.