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Jamwa’s appeal hits snag after Supreme Court runs out of coram

Former NSSF boss Chandi Jamwa’s appeal case hits a snag as the Supreme Court scrapped it off the cause list (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Former managing director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) David Chandi Jamwa’s quest to enjoy his temporally freedom has failed after the Supreme Court scrapped off the cause list his appeal challenging his 12-year jail term.

Jamawa’s appeal was scheduled for hearing next week, however it will not go on due to the lack of coram of judges.

The Public Relations Officer of the Judiciary, Vincent Mugabo said on Thursday that when the court gets a full coram, Jamwa’s case will be causelisted again for hearing.

In January this year, Jamwa petitioned the Supreme Court challenging the decision by Court of Appeal to uphold his 12-year jail sentence that was handed to him by the Anti-corruption Court presided over by now retired judge John Bosco Katutsi for selling the government bonds held by NSSF to Crane Bank before their maturity dates, thus causing the Fund a financial loss of Shs3.1b.

But through his lawyer David Mpanga, Jamwa told court that he was dissatisfied with the decision of justices of Court of Appeal; Rubby Opio Aweri and Kenneth Kakuru of upholding and confirming the Anti-corruption court conviction and sentence.

In his appeal, Jamwa stated that he was also aggrieved with the two justices’ decision of re-evaluating evidence from the Anti-corruption court, convicting him of abuse of office and consequently sentencing him to serve a four years in Luzira prison.

Justices Kenneth Kakuru and Rubby Opio Aweri wrote the majority judgment in which they agreed with Justice Katutsi’s decision thus upholding it.

Then deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma, refused to sign his dissenting judgment.

However Justice Stella Arach-Amoko of the Supreme Court granted Jamwa a cash bail of Shs10million saying that he had satisfied all the bail conditions for a convict to be released on bail pending hearing of appeal.

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