Pension Scam Trial: Prosecution Fails To Produce PS

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This morning, Adah Kabarokole Muwanga, the Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service was expected to testify against the trio before Justice Lawrence Gidudu in vain. Barbra Kawuma, the State Attorney told court that Kabarokole couldnt show up in court because she was feeling unwell, which angered the Judge.

Adah Kabarokole Muwanga, the acting permanent secretary Ministry of Public Service has again failed to show up before the Anti-Corruption Court to testify in the Shillings 88billion pension scam trial. 

Three former Public Service ministry officials including the former Permanent Secretary  Jimmy Lwamafa, Christopher Obey, the former Principal Accountant and the former Director Research and Development, Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa are facing prosecution over the scam.
 
This morning, Adah Kabarokole Muwanga, the Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service was expected to testify against the trio before Justice Lawrence Gidudu. But Barbra Kawuma, the State Attorney told court that Kabarokole couldn't show up in court because she was feeling unwell, which angered the Judge.
 
This was the second time that Kabarokole has failed to show up in court to testify against her former boss and work colleagues. Kabarokole was initially scheduled to appear in court on December 14th, but did not show up and was reportedly outside the country on official duty.
 
Her failure to show up in court this morning, prompted Justice Gidudu to propose that they deal away with her evidence since she may never appear. However, Barbra Kawuma, the State Attorney assured the Judge that being a civil servant, Kabarokole has a duty to come to Court and testify. She blamed her failure to show up on circumstances beyond their control.
 
Kawuma told court that Kabarokole's evidence is crucial for their case and that they should give them one more chance to allow her come to court. To that effect, the judge gave the prosecution one more chance to bring Kabarokole to court. She is now expected to appear in court on January 8 next year.

Justice Gidudu warned that should the prosecution fail to bring the witness, he will be forced to consider releasing the suspects on bail.

He explained that under criminal law, when the suspects are on remand their trial should be expedited and that if the prosecution is defeated, then the suspects have a right to bail. 

Prosecution is left with six more witnesses and is expected to close its submissions by the end of February next year.

The three former Public Service ministry officials are accused of fraudulently accused of budgeting of over Shilings88 billions of civil servants' pension contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF), well knowing that civil servants don't contribute to NSSF.