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    Former Amudat LCV Chairman Sentenced for Government Vehicle Theft

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    Former Amudat LCV Chairman Sentenced for Government Vehicle Theft
    • June 13, 2024 • 1 month ago
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    Former Amudat District LCV Chairman Francis Kiyonga Adamson was sentenced to nearly two years in jail and fined Shs80 million for stealing and dismantling a government vehicle. The conviction underscores Uganda's commitment to combating corruption among public officials.

    The Grade One Magistrates’ Court in Matuga sentenced former LCV Chairman of Amudat District, Francis Kiyonga Adamson, to 23 months and 14 days in jail for stealing and selling a government vehicle in spare parts.

    This verdict marks a significant step in the fight against corruption within Uganda's local government.The court also imposed an additional fine of Shs80 million, which Kiyonga must pay to Amudat District within six months of completing his custodial sentence.

    The ruling was delivered on Thursday, June 13, 2024, and it concluded a high-profile case that began in 2021.

    Kiyonga was charged with the theft of a double cabin pick-up truck, registration number UG 0654, valued at UGX130 million.

    The vehicle, which was part of the Youth Livelihood Programme aimed at supporting young people in the Karamoja sub-region, was found dismantled and sold in parts.

    The theft took place while the vehicle was in custody at Matugga Police Station.During the sentencing, Magistrate Grace Nambozo emphasized the severity of Kiyonga's actions, highlighting the breach of public trust and the impact on development programs in the region.

    "Mr. Kiyonga’s actions were not just a theft of a vehicle but a theft from the youth of Amudat District who relied on the Youth Livelihood Programme for their development," Magistrate Nambozo stated.

    Kiyonga, who served as the LCV Chairman of Amudat District, had been a significant figure in local politics. His arrest and subsequent conviction have sent shockwaves through the community.

    Many residents expressed relief that justice was served, while others were saddened by the fall of a once-respected leader.

    Prosecutor Nicholas Kawooya outlined the details of the case, explaining how Kiyonga orchestrated the theft.

    "In 2021, Mr. Kiyonga exploited his position to steal a government vehicle, dismantle it, and sell its parts. This act of betrayal has undermined public confidence in our local leaders," Kawooya said.

    The defense, led by attorney Asuman Basalirwa, argued for leniency, citing Kiyonga's contributions to the community and his previously unblemished record.

    However, the court found the gravity of his crime warranted a stern punishment. Amudat District officials welcomed the court’s decision.

    "This verdict demonstrates that no one is above the law, and it serves as a deterrent to other public officials who might consider engaging in corrupt practices," said Amudat District spokesperson Jane Anyango.

    The case has reignited discussions about corruption and accountability in Uganda's local governments.

    President Museveni has repeatedly called for stringent measures against corrupt officials, and this conviction is seen as a victory for his administration's anti-corruption efforts.

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    Guest ᛫ 15 days ago
    That was unfair rulling made by the nambozo<br /> And the fellow members of politicians in Amudat

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