Buganda Road Court has ordered the former Uganda Airlines boss Cornwell Muleya to defend himself against allegations that he disobeyed lawful orders from the IGG.
Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza found that Muleya has a case to answer , and ordered him to prepare to start defending himself over the allegations that were levied against him in evidence from three Prosecution witnesses.
It is alleged that on May 23, 2022, the Inspectorate of Government summoned Muleya to provide documents regarding mismanagement of Public funds, procurements, and recruitment of staff at Uganda Airlines.
But he failed to show up without any justifiable reason prompting the Inspectorate of Government to arrest him on June 22nd, 2022 for disobeying lawful summons.
The Zambian National Muleya was subsequently charged but he denied the allegations saying he is innocent which prompted the Prosecutors to conduct a trial with three witnesses.
The witnesses included the Supervisor of Special Investigations at the IGG’s office Gideon Abudum, who told the Court that he was in April 2022 assigned a file to investigate the alleged corruption at the Uganda Airlines and he retrieved some documents , analysed them, summoned and interviewed some staff of the Airlines.
But that Abudum’s efforts to get the CEO Muleya were futile, instead he received a letter from his lawyers questioning the way in which their client had been summoned through an email.
Shortly after the ruling, Muleya through his lawyers led by Charles Nsubuga asked Court to temporarily release his passport saying that he wants to travel to Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone on October 15th 2022 to do business consultancy .
However the Prosecution led by Rogers Kinobe asked Court to reject Muleya’s application on the basis that, the timing wasn’t proper since court has already ruled that he has a case to answer and therefore he might abscond from trial.
Kinobe noted that if court is convinced to return his passport, Muleya should then deposit some security with court which should be worth to compel him to return for his trial.
In his ruling, the Magistrate Muhumuza has agreed with the Prosecution and declined to grant the prayers made by Muleya and instead , Muhumuza ruled that there will be an expeditious hearing of Muleya’s case to enable him know his fate soon.
He adjourned the case to October 7th 2022 for Muleya to start defending himself.
Reported by: Betty Zziwa