The Principal Inspectorate Officer with the Inspectorate of Government has today been remanded to Luzira prison over charges of corruptly soliciting for a gratification of Shs40 million from a suspect he was investigating in turn to botch up that very case.
Robert Kalungi appeared before Anti Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala and denied the bribe related charges.
Presiding Grade One Magistrate Micheal Lagara declined to release him on bail for failure to avail court with substantial sureties. He instead sent him on remand till February 10, when he comes back for mention of his case.
While declining to release Mr Kalungi on bail, the magistrate described him as ‘high profile suspect’ whom court could not release just basing on a sole substantial surety who was his mother Ms Monica Nswewu.
His other two sureties; Steven Wakasega, the regional manager for UMEME for Northern region and John Magezi, an employee with Relief and Disaster Preparedness ministry were rejected by court for lack of LC introduction letters and other proper identification documents.
According to prosecution, the suspect is accused of having corruptly solicited for a gratification of Shs40 million from Margaret Kabanga, the Director of Health Tutor’s College-Mulago on October 4, last year as an inducement to absolve her in an embezzlement and fraud case she is facing at the Ministry of Education and Health Tutor’s College.
Further, prosecution alleges that after the suspect solicited for the Shs40 million bribe, he then received Shs3 million as a down payment from Ms Kabanga on October 25 last year.
But in the process of receiving the down payment of Shs3 million, VIPPU officers attached to the Inspectorate, waylaid him following a tip off by Ms Kabanga and arrested him.
His arrest was effected at a supermarket at TOTAL Petrol station in Ntinda, Kampala.
But in the process of his arrest, unconfirmed reports suggest that he was reportedly shot at and injured as he took off to avoid the arrest before being admitted at Mulago hospital for some time to recuperate.
Charles Nsubuga, the lawyer who represented the suspect in court, said he would apply to court for a production warrant as soon as possible and have his client released on bail.
The IGG was represented by Rogers Kinobe who did not oppose the suspects bail application but emphasized that his sureties furnish court with proper identification documents.
Shortly after court declined to release the IGG official on bail, his mother Nswewu collapsed in court sending the court users into panic.
Also during the bail application proceedings, presiding magistrate ordered for detention of Sarah Namusoko, a relative to the suspect for contempt of court. Namusoko allegedly disrupted court by offering answers to question not directed to her by the magistrate.
By press time, she was under custody in court holding cells. It’s only the Magistrate who can order for her release and on the contrary, be taken to Luzira.