The Anti- Corruption Court has issued criminal summons against the Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson, Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi who is facing corruption charges.
The summons were issued by the court’s chief magistrate, Pamela Lamunu Ocaya after Ntambi who was supposed to appear before the court this morning was a no show. The summons have been extended to October 7.
Despite being a no show at court, Ntambi was yesterday sighted at Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s office and it is alleged she was seeking the speaker’s intervention over her legal woes.
Ntambi and nine other EOC staff members are facing 25 counts of causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, and abuse of office.
The staff include Mujuni Mpitsi, the Secretary to the Commission, Olwor Sunday Nicholas, the undersecretary, Moses Mugabe, a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Byangire Harriet, a Senior Accountant.
Others are Edith Kamahoro, a senior Personal Secretary; Kwesiga Ronnie, an Accounts Assistant; Jjemba Evans, the Principle Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh, a Senior Compliance Officer, and Sarah Nassanga an Office Attendant.
According to the charge sheet signed by Jane Frances Abodo, the Director of Public Prosecution, Ntambi, Mugabe, Mujuni Mpitsi and Jemba conspired to defraud the government of sh35,002,000. They are said to have taken the money to purportedly undertake an audit exercise of the Rural Electrification Programme in Uganda, which activity is said to have not taken place.
It also alleged that between July 2018 and April 2019 Ntambi neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the EOC, thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the Commission Funds.