By Kampala Post Reporter
The Executive Director of the Gaming and Lotteries Regulatory Authority, Edgar Agaba and the Manager Finance Administration, John Patrick Kazoora, have been charged with theft of Shs712.5 million belonging to the Board.
The duo appeared before Chief Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya at the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday. They were arrested early this week by detectives from the Police Criminal Investigations Directorate.
Prosecution led by Ms. Abigail Agaba alleged that the two senior officials stole Shs352.5 million between 17th October 2018 and 14th February 2019. They also faced an alternative charge of causing financial loss to the Gaming and Lotteries Regulatory Board.
The second charge was for stealing Shs360 million. Prosecution informed Court that the two released Shs470 million on 14th Feb 2019 purportedly for paying hotel bills for a four day event, whereas the function ran for only one day. It was stated that this caused the institution a loss to the tune of Shs360 million.
They also faced an alternative charge of approving Shs280 million for a sensitization workshop for boda boda riders in Kawempe. The officials pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The Chief Magistrate released them on cash bail of Shs20 million each and were required to deposit their passports at the Court.
Their 6 sureties were each bonded at non-cash of Shs250 million. Chief Magistrate Ocaya observed that the accused committed what is classified as economic crimes that cannot be taken lightly. The case was adjourned to 16th August 2019.
Lawyers Davis Wesley Tusingwire, Fred Mwema and Fred Mwebaze represented accused number one, Edgar Agaba while lawyers Davis Wesley Tusingwire and Caleb Amanya represented the second accused, John Patrick Kazoora.