The newly appointed chairperson of the Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase), Mr Mubarak Munyagwa faces arrest over contempt of Anti-Corruption Court.
Mr Munyagwa who faces accusations of corruption Wednesday failed to appear before the court despite being summoned for the second time. This seemingly angered the presiding Chief Magistrate, Ms Pamella Lamunu, who reluctantly accepted to give him the last chance to appear or face arrest.
The directive came after prosecution led by Ms Alice Komuhangi Khaukha told court that Mr Munyagwa had deliberately refused to show up in court despite being served the summons.
Mr Munyagwa’s lawyer Chrysostom Katumba who presented a travel document, informed court that Mr Munyagwa was out of the country on official duties. However, prosecution refused the excuse saying if Munyagwa was indeed out of the country on official duties, the office of the speaker would have known and informed court.
“The fact that the office of the speaker is not aware of his travel, it means his not out of the country and if he is, then he is in his personal businesses. Even the travel document presented is not sufficient to prove that he is out of the country since it is just an entrant that can be done by anybody,” Ms Komuhangi said.
The magistrate Lamunu agreed with the state’s submissions that indeed the presented travel document was not backed up, but declined to issue a warrant of arrest against the legislator.
“Since his lawyer has also pledged to personally bring him to court, I will extend the criminal summons for the last time and failure to appear, a warrant of arrest will be issued,” Ms Lamunu said before adjourning court to April 05.
Prosecution contends that Mr Munyagwa under count one of corruption, in December 2014 at Haks Investment Limited, being a Mayor Kawempe Division, solicited for a gratification of Shs100m from Mr Francis Kakumba in exchange for him to exert improper influence over Kawempe Division Urban Council to nominate Muyanja Isaac (S/O Francis Kavuma) for appointment as a member of Kampala City Land Board representing Kawempe Division.
In count two which is also corruption, Mr Munyagwa in the same year is also accused of receiving a gratification of $ 20,000 an evaluate of about Shs73million from Mr Kakumba in exchange for him to exert improper influence over Kawempe Division Urban Council to nominate Isaac Muyanja (S/O Kakumba).
Mr Munyagwa also in count three which is also corruption in the same year is accused of receiving a gratification of Shs4million from Mr Kakumba in exchange for him to exert improper influence over the Kawempe Division Urban Council to nominate Mr Muyanja (S/O Kakumba) for appointment as a member of Kampala City Land Board representing Kawempe Division.