KAMPALA: The Anti-Corruption Court has sentenced lawyer Bob Kasango to 16 years in jail for unlawfully accessing money meant for pensioners. The lawyer has been sent to jail with three former top officials of the ministry of Public Service, with whom he was jointly accused in the matter.
The others jailed are former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa (nine years), former Public Service principal account in charge of pensions Christopher Obey (14 years) and former Public Service commissioner for the compensation department Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa (nine years).
Mr Kasango was accused of various counts of theft and forgery of two judicial document to steal Shs15.4b of pension money and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The Shs15.4b was diverted to the account of Mr Kasango’s Hall and Partners law firm by the three officials.
The charges ranged from conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, to theft and diversion of public funds.
Prosecution says the money that was eventually paid into Mr Kasango’s firm’s account as legal fees was meant for payment of 6,340 pensioners. Mr Kasango is also accused of receiving the money into his law firm’s bank account yet he did not represent the pensioners in a case against the Attorney General, which they had won and a result of which they were to be paid the said amount.