By Pamela Atim
The Anti-Corruption Court in Arua is hearing a case in which 4 people namely Moses papa, John Arinaitwe, Safina Nanono and Patrick Aziku Ocatre are charged with 7 counts.
In the first count of false accounting by public officer contrary to section 22 of the anti corruption Act 2009, Prosecution alleges that Moses Papa and John Arinaitwe between February and September 2014 while employed as finance officer and senior settlement commandant respectively at the office of the prime minister Arua, and being charged with receipt, custody and management of Uganda shillings four hundred ninety eight million funds advanced to them to cater for activities to resettle refugees knowingly furnished false accountability of the said money.
Count II is abuse of office where Moses Papa and John Arinaitwe in abuse of their office falsely accounted for four hundred ninety eight million as expenses allegedly incurred in refugee resettlement activities.
Count III is causing financial loss where Moses Papa and John Arinaitwe withdrew three hundred sixty million shillings from an account in Stanbic Bank Arua meant for resettlement of refugees and deposited the funds on private individual’s accounts hence causing a financial loss to the government of Uganda.
Count IV is embezzlement where its further alleged that Moses Papa while employed by office of the prime minister Arua as finance officer in 2014 stole seventy million shillings the property of government of Uganda which he had access to by virtue of his office.
In count V, the accused Safina Nanono while in performance of her duties as program officer in the office of the Prime Minister Kampala instigated the withdrawal and diversion to private use three hundred sixty million shillings.
Count VI is corruption. It’s said that Moses Papa and John Arinaitwe diverted to themselves and to private individual’s accounts a total of three hundred sixty million shillings.
In count VII, Safina Nanono, Moses Papa, John Arinaitwe and Patrick Aziku Ocatre participated as accomplices to divert to themselves three hundred sixty million funds meant for resettlement of refugees.
Prosecution has to therefore prove that the intended beneficiaries of Uganda shillings four hundred ninety eight million never benefited. End