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Former Amudat LC5 convicted over corruption

By Timothy Eodu

The former Local Council, LCV of Amudat districted Mr. Francis Kiyonga Adamson has been convicted for corruption.

Mr. Adamson was convicted this morning by the Grade One Magistrates’ Court in Matuga and sentenced to 23 months and 14 days in jail and fined UGX 80M to be paid to Amudat district within six months of completing his sentence.

Mr. Kiyonga while appearing before the Matuga Grade 1 Magistrate on 13th/June 2024 (Courtesy Photo)

This was confirmed by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit on their X formerly Twitter account stating that Mr. Kiyonga was charged in 2021 with stealing and selling spare parts of a Government of Uganda vehicle, a double cabin pick-up truck registration number UG 0654, belonging to the Amudat District under the Youth Livelihood Programme.

It is alleged that the former leader stole the vehicle, valued at UGX130m from Matugga Police Station on 24th May of 2017 and sold it in parts. Subsequently, he was remanded to Kasangati Prison on 31/3/2021.

Although his lawyer, Jonan Nuwandinda pleaded with court to grant him bail by that time, this was not granted by the magistrate because Kiyonga’s sureties were not in court.

Nuwandinda alerted court that it was difficult to transport the sureties from Amudat district to Matugga and by the time it sat, they (sureties) were few minutes away from arriving.

THE ANTI CORRUPTION ACT, 2009, PART II—CORRUPTION (c) states that the diversion or use by a public official, for purposes unrelated to those for which they were intended, for his or her own benefit or that of a third party, of any movable or immovable property, monies or securities belonging to the State, to an independent agency, or to an individual, which that official has received by virtue of his or her position for purposes of administration, custody or for other reasons; commits an offence.

On loss of public property, the law states that: (1) Where loss of public property results from an act or omission done by a person knowing or having reason to believe that, the act or omission will cause loss of public property, that person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding ten years or a fine not exceeding two hundred and forty currency points or both.

(2) A public official who by an act or omission directly or indirectly causes or allows damage or loss to occur to any public property placed in his or her custody, possession or control, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding seventy two currency points or both.

(3) A public official who knowingly misuses or allows public property entrusted to his or her care to be misused, abused or left unprotected, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding seventy two currency points or both.

(4) In addition to any other penalty imposed upon conviction on a person referred to in subsection (1), (2) or (3), the court may order that person to make good the loss occasioned to the property; and the value of the property or damage to the property shall constitute a civil debt from the person to the Government or public body concerned and shall be recoverable from that person.

(5) In this section “public property” means any form of real or personal property of any kind in which the Government or public body has ownership and includes: a plant, equipment, leasehold or other property interest as well as any right or other intangible interest that is purchased with public funds including the services of contractor personnel, office supplies, telephones and other telecommunications equipment and services, mail, automated data, public body records and vehicles.

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