By Our Reporter
The Resident Chief State Attorney Masindi has been charged with two counts of corruption at the Anti – Corruption Court, Kololo.
Charles Bwiiso and D/Sgt Kunihira Rehema were yesterday 16th March 2022 arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Joan Aciro who read to them two counts of corruption.
Bwiiso was arrested on the 10th March 2022 at about 2:20PM at his office red-handed receiving Shs1.5M which was part of the Shs3Million he had asked for in order to close a file of a defilement case.
The arrest was masterminded by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.
Court heard that the duo on March 3rd, 2022 in performance of their public functions solicited for a gratification of 1.5 million shillings from the relatives of Joseph Arinaitwe, a defilement suspect to have the case file disposed off and set him free.
The court also heard that the duo in performance of their duties accepted 1 million shillings in exchange for closure of the said file. The State Attorney Abigail Agaba informed court that investigations into the case are still ongoing.
But Bwiso and Kunihira have denied the charges and through their lawyers led by Tony Tumukunde and Ben Kiprotich, asked to be released on bail on grounds that the offenses against them are bailable by court and that it’s their constitutional right to apply for bail. Court heard that the accused persons have substantial sureties and they presented their relatives and friends including civil servants as their sureties.
Bwiso pleaded that he is suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure and should be granted bail.
In response, the State Attorney Harriet Angom informed court that she had looked at the documents presented by sureties and they are substantial. She added that since it’s their right to apply for bail, she had no objection to grant bail.
Consequently, the Chief Magistrate Aciro granted them a cash bail of 600,000 shillings each and directed their sureties to execute bond forms of 40 million shillings not cash. She adjourned the case to April 12th 2022 for mention.
Trouble for Bwiso and Kunihira started when they reportedly demanded for three million shillings from relatives of Arinaitwe to dispose of the defilement case against them.
As a result, it is alleged that the family negotiated and settled to pay 1.5 million shillings to them. However that after being frustrated, they decided to alert the State House Anti-Corruption Unit which gave them 1 million shillings to take to the accused persons. The said money was photocopied and its serial numbers recorded before the family took the money to Bwiso who was later caught red handed with the money in question on Thursday last week.
The duo was later arrested and brought to Kampala to face trial.