By Najibu Mulema

Anti Corruption Court in Kampala has sentenced  three convicted former officials of the Ministry of Public Service to different jails, after they were found guilty of causing government a shs88billion loss and abuse of office.

The three are Jimmy Lwamafa, Chris Obey and Stephen Kiwanuka, were accused of getting involved in the scandal in which ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

The three stole Shs88.2 billion which they hatched in the public service, smoothened in finance ministry and executed in Cairo bank where the money was finally paid out to ghost pensioners.

The presiding justice Lawrence Gidudu sentenced Christopher Obey to 10 years in jail, Lwamafa to 7 years in jail whereas Kiwanuka to 5 years.

The three on top of the sentences were also ordered to jointly refund Shs50billion by the court.

Gidudu ruled that the evidence which was brought in court clearly proved that these three made budgetary provisions for Shs 88.4 billion in the two financial years of 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 as NSSF contributions, while knowing that government workers are exempted from contributing making such contributions.

While passing the judgement, Justice Gidudu said that he considered a number of factors including their family responsibilities, their age as well as the roles they played in this syndicate of crime.