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Two charged over theft of fuel worth Shs 32bn from Total

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Two businessmen have been charged for alleged theft of fuel worth more than Shs 32 billion from fuel giant, Total Uganda Limited.

Deogratius Twagirayezu and Joseph Bbuye were on Thursday arraigned before the Anti-Corruption court chief magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ochaya who charged them with two counts of theft and conspiracy to defraud.

According to prosecution, between September 1st 2017 and September 30th 2018 at Total Uganda head office on 8th Street Industrial Area in Kampala, the suspects stole petrol, diesel and lubricants worth Shs 32.2 billion.

It is also alleged that Bbuye and Twagirayezu conspired with eight others who included five Total Uganda officials to commit the offences. 

The other officials who were charged earlier include Moses Sebalu the senior accountant with Total Uganda, Belinda Nakasi the taxation accountant, Priscilla Nansikombi a cashier, Lillian Mboizi Ssanyu former senior treasury manager, Ritah Daphine Mbabazi the procurement officer.

The others include other businessmen or dealers with Total Uganda including, Hemal Kotecha, Innocent Tugume and Evelyn Kaggwa. Prosecution notes that the money was stolen when the officials of Total Uganda connived and posted fictitious payment entries onto the computer system of Total Uganda Limited to portray that Shs 32.2 billion had been paid by the businessmen into the company's bank account whereas not.

Bbuye and Twagirayezu denied the charges against them and asked to be released on bail arguing that the charges against them are bailable since their co-accused are also out on bail. They presented three sureties each who included their fellow businessmen and friends.

The state attorney Jackie Kyasimire didn't object to their bail application save for asking for the contacts of the sureties whom they had presented for easier purposes of tracing in case they abscond from the trial.

Lamunu asked the accused to deposit with the court Shs 20 million cash, certificate of a land title and their passport. She asked their sureties to execute a non-cash bond of Shs 800 million.

On June 8 2020, a warrant officer II, Gordon Kababure was arraigned before the General Court Martial and charged with theft of Shs 2.3 billion from Total Uganda. Kababure had reportedly forged 13 fuel cards and pretended that the money was for routine fuel for the Land Forces of UPDF which was not the case. The case returns to court on December 9, 2020, for mention.


0 #1 mandela 2020-10-30 07:09
People's mentality now; if govt official x did why can't I did it. Leaders are supposed to direct people and in this case, that is the path our leaders have chosen for us. Terrible!!
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-5 #2 Wainanchi 2020-10-30 08:05
Here we go again.! More stealing and robberies of " patriotic" Ugandans who are surely members of Bibi Dinhi mafia robbing and destroying Uganda.

As we see I am the only commentator writing about this and
no one of evil and cunning commentators as blavbka ka Lakwena and Akot are not paying attention to this but just trying to set Uganda on fire and destroy it

I advise Obercer to censor their comments of hate and mzlucs and defend Uganda it's independence and security
Long live Uganda!Long live president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Long live National Resustance movement which liberated Uganda and us making huge afmdcances in its development for the benefit of all Ugandans to contrast of those who want to put it in fire and destroy it President Museveni and Ugandans fight back this evil.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2020-10-30 10:16
But before such huge amount of money (Total (U) Shs 32.2 billion and UPDF Shs 2.3 billion) are spirit away by diabolic thieves; where were the Supervisors/Management?

Including our State House vis-a-vis obsessive Supplementary Budget: all the mega thefts taking place in this country is a syndicated racket, involving the top-brass, fat-cat insiders.

In other words, most of the mushrooming Real Estates (False Estates), including High-end Schools in this country, especially in Kampala are actually Day-light theft and Corruption monuments for all to see.

But thanks to Covid-19 and virtual IT technology (offices). many of the high-rising buildings will become the proverbial white elephants and ghost structures that haunt their false owners.

Their families will go hungry the empty buildings mock them.
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+2 #4 Lakwena 2020-10-30 12:19
But Wainainchi, starting with Luweero in 1981 up to 2005 in Greater Northern Uganda, who started fire in Uganda? It was Mr. M7, Wainainchi and Evil company Ltd.

it it the characteristics of criminals like Wainainchi who blame their victims of crime. Who robbed the UCB Bank Branches and sold it off to Stanbic Bank for a song? It was Mr. M7 and Evil Co. Ltd.

Talk about hatred and evil: going to bush (war) and kill thousands of innocent countrymen, women, children and destroy their properties is the climax of Mr. M7 and Wainainchi's hatred and evil.

In other words, it is only those who author and master in violence are the ones who hate, and therefore steal, kill and destroy with ease.
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2020-10-30 14:46
And Waiinchi, Uganda is still on fire (Mr. M7's fire), raging and burning everything in its path. E.g., last month Makerere University Main Building was burnt down and being forgotten.

Schools and school Children in their sleep are burnt to ashes. E.g. in 2009 Buddo Junior.

Almost throughout the country: in Jinja, Kampala, Mbarara, etc.; in order to frustrate market venders Markets like St. Balikudembbe/Owino are repeatedly being burnt down. The Masiro was burnt.

In other words, fire symbolizes evil/hell. Hence Mr. M7 and Wainainchi are directly coming from hell.

Otherwise, never in the political history of this country, have Ugandans seen so many fires, which burnt into ashes historical properties/landmarks.
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