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EC registrar pleads guilty to embezzling Shs 32m, fined Shs 3m

Dennis Budali

Dennis Budali

The Anti-Corruption court in Kampala has convicted Dennis Budali the Electoral Commission registrar for Bukwo district for embezzlement Shs 31.5 million.

He was on Wednesday convicted by the chief magistrate Pamela Lamunu after his own plea of guilty. State prosecutor Thomas Okoth from the Inspectorate of Government presented documents to court indicting that Budali had entered into plea bargaining with the prosecution.

Plea bargaining is a criminal justice system where the accused person opts to plead guilty to the charges against them such that in return, the offences are dropped or he is given a lighter sentence.

In the documents, Budali pleads guilty to two offences including false accounting and embezzlement of funds. He admitted that between January and March 2011 while employed as the Bukwo district Electoral Commission registrar, at Stanbic bank Kumi branch in Kumi district, he stole Shs 31.5 million.

The money was reportedly meant for facilitating the 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections but he accessed it by the virtue of his office that he had in Public Service. On the false accounting charges, Budali confessed that during April, 2011 he made fake payments before making false returns of the money in question to the secretary of the commission.

He later told court that he was able to refund the Shs 31.5 million to the Asset Recovery Account of the Inspectorate of Government which is in the Bank of Uganda. The magistrate asked him several times if he was under duress when he chose to enter plea bargaining or he did it willingly. In reply, Budali admitted that no one forced him and he did it willingly.

He later signed on the documents that were adduced in court confirming that he pleads guilty to all the charges as per the plea bargaining session he went through. The court directed Budai to pay a fine of Shs 3 million for all counts and the fine will run concurrently. 

Comments

+1 #1 Karemire 2019-07-18 10:43
Embezzled Sh 31.5 million. Fined Sh 3.0 million.

Therefore, his profit Margin = Sh 26.5 million with no time served in prison and he still keeps his job.

WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?
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+1 #2 Starn 2019-07-18 12:15
Quoting Karemire:
Embezzled Sh 31.5 million. Fined Sh 3.0 million.

Therefore, his profit Margin = Sh 26.5 million with no time served in prison and he still keeps his job.

Read properly the second last paragraph .
He didn't want to waste court's time and resources.
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0 #3 WADADA roger 2019-07-18 15:23
That fine was too small, he should have been given a fine and a custodial sentence
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0 #4 kabayekka 2019-07-18 15:33
It is now 2019 and these election crimes were committed in 2011, 8 years ago!

What then is going to happen to the current election crimes in the next 11 years during 2030?

Can this democratic government of Uganda have the respect for its citizens and produce the results of the recent by election that was widely advertised as happening this month in West Nile?

There is an MP who died and many citizens want to know which Member of Parliament is going to be paid lots of the tax payer's money to replace that one who died?
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0 #5 Karemire 2019-07-18 16:29
Quoting Starn:
Quoting Karemire:
Embezzled Sh 31.5 million. Fined Sh 3.0 million.

Therefore, his profit Margin = Sh 26.5 million with no time served in prison and he still keeps his job.

Read properly the second last paragraph .
He didn't want to waste court's time and resources.


I read that last paragraph. It does not answer the issue of PROFIT MARGIN for himself and his continued service in such a sensitive job, the question that I emphasized above.

He has been rewarded for theft, hasn't he? At least, that is how I see it. [The Apparent Implication is this: Steal what you are entrusted with.

If arrested, make a deal with the police & the relevant Court, and possibly share the profit margin with whoever matters in getting you off the hook]. I hope that I am wrong here.
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0 #6 Mubiru 2019-07-18 16:33
So any thief can steal whatever billions and plead guilty by not "wasting" courts time and "resources" as some one challenging Karemire's logical reasoning puts it.

What a fraudulent way to save government resources after depleting the same resources by embezzling millions! . No surprise Karemire is wondering what's happening in Uganda.

But what's happening is that robbery of public funds is openly supported by those people, including of course the beneficiaries, whose "reasoning" defeats any efforts to fight the high way robbery enveloping the innocent unconnected Ugandans in perpetual poverty.
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0 #7 Kesiime 2019-07-19 16:36
If you read the 2nd last paragraph, it says he refunded 31.5 million to Asset recovery account of IGG'S office.

So he actually is paying back 34.5 million. Yes it's a slap on the hand and doesn't discourage others from committing the same crime, but at least it's something.
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0 #8 WADADA roger 2019-07-21 08:14
By the time he made a refund, another un receipted 10M should have been pocketed by the powers that be
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