Pension Scam Judgment Expected Today

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The accused include former permanent secretary, Jimmy Lwamafa, the former Principal Accountant in the Pensions Department Christopher Obey, and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former Director Research and Development.

A court judgment that will determine the fate of three former top officials of the Public Service Ministry, who are battling corruption related charges, is expected today.

The accused include former permanent secretary, Jimmy Lwamafa, the former Principal Accountant in the Pensions Department Christopher Obey, and Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former Director Research and Development.

The three were charged with causing financial loss, abuse of office, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud the government. The Charges stem from the infamous pension scam in which they reportedly connived in the irregular budgeting of 88.2 billion Shillings as social security contributions, well knowing that civil servants don't contribute to the National Social Security Fund-NSSF.

The money in question ended up being paid to 'ghost' recipients.

The suspects were charged on August 19 last year after the Director of Public Prosecutions- DPP reinstated the infamous pension scam trial which had earlier been dismissed due to lack of prosecution by the state.

Lwamafa and his co-accused have been on remand at Luzira prison ever since they were charged on August 19 last year.

The verdict is set to be read out by the head of the anti-corruption court, justice Lawrence Gidudu who heard the high profile case for the last one year. 

The charge of causing financial loss carries a 14 year jail sentence; abuse of office comes with a seven year jail term, while conspiracy to defraud and false accounting by a public officer carry up to three year hail sentences on each of the crimes.

In September, two assessors; Vincent Ferrer and Stanley Kurung advised court to acquit the accused persons on grounds that prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.