Ex-UNRA Engineer Accused of Money Laundering Faces Prosecution

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The prosecution is wrapping up its case against a former engineer from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) who is accused of being involved in money laundering
The prosecution is wrapping up its case against a former engineer from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) who is accused of being involved in money laundering
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The prosecution is wrapping up its case against a former engineer from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), who is accused of being involved in money laundering.

Umar Katongole is currently on trial for charges related to illicit enrichment and money laundering at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala, presided over by Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga.

Katongole is not alone in facing these charges; his wife, Sengendo, who works as a community development officer at the Luwero district local government, is also accused.



Brenda Kimbugwe and Slyvia Nabirye, representing the Inspectorate of Government (IG), are expected to conclude the prosecution’s case on September 27, 2023.

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During the last adjournment of the case, Kimbugwe informed the court that the prosecution would conclude its case with the testimony of the investigating officer.

The Prosecution’s Case

The prosecution, led by Kimbugwe and Nabirye from the Inspectorate of Government (IGG), alleges that in August 2015, in Kampala city, Katongole concealed the source of his properties located in Block 180, plots 1395, 1782, and 877 in Wakiso district.



It is further alleged that Katongole attempted to hide the source of these properties by transferring the land into the name of Darkins Uganda Ltd, despite knowing that the properties were acquired through illegal means.

Additionally, the prosecution accuses Sengendo of concealing the transfer of another piece of land, which is part of Block 26, plots 280, 281, and 282 at Mengo, by transferring it to Darkins Uganda, a company supposedly linked to Katongole.

The prosecution also claims that between April 2011 and August 2015, Katongole and Sengendo deposited 2.8 billion Ugandan shillings in Tropical Bank Ltd in Kampala and concealed the source of this money, despite their alleged knowledge that it was obtained through criminal activities.

To further disguise the source of this money, it is asserted that Katongole transferred the funds from Tropical Bank, where they held a joint account with Sengendo, to Sengendo’s account with the number 0100017148 in Tropical Bank.

Both Katongole and Sengendo have denied the charges brought against them.



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