KAMPALA – The Anti-corruption court has insisted that the Kawempe South MP and COSASE Chairman Mubarak Munyagwa must appear on the November 4, to face corruption charges relating to an alleged bribe he took while he was still the Kawempe division Mayor.
The Chief magistrate Pamella Lamunu has on Monday 23, dismissed Munyagwa’s application that sought to block his trial.
Munyagwa had stated that the DPP had no right to institute corruption charges against him when the complainant lost interest.
Ms Lamunu has agreed with the DPP that criminal offences are committed against the State and not individuals
She further added that the court is not moved by a letter written to it by the complainant Francis Kakumba expressing loss of interest in the pending criminal matter.
Munyagwa is wanted to answer to allegations that in December 2014 at Haks Investment Limited on Sixth Street, Industrial Area, in Kampala, being a mayor of Kawempe Division solicited for a gratification of 100mshs from Francis Kakumba in exchange for him to influence Kawempe Division urban council, to nominate his son, Isaac Muyanja, for appointment as a member of the Kampala City Land Board.
That in the same period Munyagwa and place Munyagwa received $20000 (about 74mshs) and 4mshs from Kakumba to nominate his son for the job.
However, Munyagwa through his Lawyers of Lukwago and Company Advocates has since filed an application seeking to challenge the said charges in the Constitutional court and it has not yet been determined.
He notes that on the face of the charge sheets, grave inconsistencies are exhibited and that the act of the DPP to continue prosecuting him is basing on the same is in bad faith.
Munyagwe also blames the DPP of resurrecting the case after abandoning it for over four years was inconsistent with the constitution, more so when the complainant lost interest in the case.