MTN Uganda Business Manager Out On Bail

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The anti-corruption Court Tuesday granted bail to former MTN business manager accused of stealing sh3.7b from the company. Justice Paul Mugamba released Richard Mwami on a cash bail of sh10m and his three sureties were to execute a bond of sh100m. The judge further directed Mwami to deposit a land title and his passport in court and to report to the Registrar of the Anti- Corruption Court every last Tuesday of the month.

Mwami is charged together with Patrick Ssentongo the former finance manager with MTN, Angella Ayo the assistant revenue analyst with embezzlement. It is alleged that while Mwami was employed as business manager, Ssentongo as a financial manager and Ayo as an assistant revenue analyst respectively between May and December 2011 stole sh3.759b.

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In separate charge of embezzlement Mwami and Ssentongo are accused of stealing sh67m from the company which came into their possession by the virtue of their employment.

While applying for bail, David Mpanga the lawyer who represented Mwami said his client has constitutional rights to apply for bail.Mpanga submitted that his client has a fixed place of aboard at Muyenga and if granted bail he would not abscond his trial.Mpanga further said Mwami had substantial sureties who will compel him to appear in court whenever he is required.

State attorney Robert Mackay did not oppose the bail application but asked the court to impose stringent terms that will enable the accused to attend court.Other accused persons charged earlier include: Joan Nabugwawo, Brian Okurut and Eriya Baryamwijuka, who were also granted bail earlier.