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Pension Cash: City lawyer Kasango’s bail cancelled, sent back to the coolers

The Anti-corruption court has cancelled the bail for embattled lawyer Bob Kasango, sending him back to Luzira Prison (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Anti-Corruption Court has on Wednesday July 18 cancelled the bail of the embattled city lawyer Bob Kasango sending him back to the coolers in Luzira prison.

This was after Justice Margret Tibulya ruled that Mr Kasango has a case to answer to several corruption charges including theft, forgery of a judicial document in order to siphon over Shs15.4 billion pension and conspiracy to commit a felony thus remanding him pending his defence on July 20.

However the judge acquitted one of his co-accused Milton Mutegaya a court clerk saying that he was not responsible for making any of the payments of the money in question.

Kasango is charged together with the jailed former Ministry of Public Service officials who include; former principle accountant in pension scheme Mr Christopher Obey and Mr Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, the former commissioner Compensation Department in the same ministry. They have since denied the charges.

The money in question was allegedly diverted to Marble Law Firm, owned by Mr Kasango by three jailed former Ministry of Public Service officials led by former permanent secretary Mr Jimmy Lwamafa.

The money was reportedly to cater for legal fees after another city law firm that won a pension case against government for having delayed to pay over 6,339 pensioners.

But prosecution says the diverted money was meant for pension and gratuity for the pensioners not to pay legal fees.

Prosecution alleges that Kasango during the month of June 2012, forged a Judicial document (a certificate of taxation) dated June 20 2012 purporting that it was properly issued by the deputy registrar of the Civil Division of the High Court certifying that the pensioners bill of costs had been taxed and allowed at Shs7.8 billion whereas not.

Further, Mr Kasango accused of forging a judicial document (a certificate of order against the government) dated June 22, 2012 purporting that it was properly issued by the deputy registrar directing the attorney general to make a further payment of Shs3.9 billion as taxed costs in the pensioners case whereas not.

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