The Kagadi District Principal Human Resource Officer, Godfrey Musinguzi, has been sentenced to three years in jail after been found guilty of abuse of abuse.
The Anti-Corruption Court presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu also banned Musinguzi from holding any public office for the next 10 years.
Court in Kampala heard that while serving as the Principal Human Resource Officer for Kagadi district local government, Musinguzi inappropriately accessed the district payroll and included 60 personnel, primary education assistants who had not been appointed by the District Service Commission.
Prosecution led by James Khaukha, a State Attorney attached to the Anti-Corruption Department of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) furnished court with evidence that Musinguzi conspired with Frederick Balemeezi, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer who issued appointment letters to the unauthorised personnel without the knowledge of the District Service Commission.
Balemeezi had previously pleaded guilty and was convicted under a plea bargain arrangement resulting in a fine.
The Kagadi District Education Officer, Bartholomew Bukenya, who was the third suspect in the case was acquitted after being found not guilty of the charges against him.
In his verdict, Justice Gidudu said Musinguzi’s actions were marked by impunity leading to unauthorised individuals receiving salaries from the district.
The judge continued that the country is currently undergoing an audit of civil servants and cautioned Human Resource Officers countrywide not to tamper with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS).