The anti-Corruption court sitting in Kololo on Thursday evening ruled that five of the six former MTN staff accused of Mobile Money fraud have a case to answer.
Patrick Ssentongo, Joan Nabugwawo, Brian Okurut, Angella Ayo and Eriya Baryamwijuka were found with a case to answer and tasked to defend themselves. According to the presiding judge, Justice Lawrence Gidudu the five have been tried and found calpable of the offense. Their defense starts in January 29, 2015.
Meanwhile the same court acquitted Richard Mwami, the former business manager MTN Uganda of all charges against him in the Mobile Money fraud case that cost the telecommunications giants a loss of over sh10b. Mwami represented by Lawyer David Mpanga was acquitted on grounds that he was the one who alerted MTN of the fraud and reported the matter to Police.
“I find no connection between Mwami and the case. He never participated in the theft and it is actually him who burst the racket and reported the matter to police. So there is no way he would have been party to the fraud,” Gidudu said.
Mwami and six other employees of MTN were charged with eight counts relating to theft of sh10.2b from the company’s Mobile Money system. It is alleged that the money was stolen in 2011.