Former Uganda Railways Chief Granted Bail Amidst Forgery Charges

Uganda Railways Boss Bail
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Stanley Ssendegeya, the former managing director of Uganda Railways Corporation (URC), has been granted a cash bail of sh1 million by the Buganda Road Magistrates Court. The decision was made by Chief Magistrate Sienna Owomugisha on Monday. Ssendegeya, 54, is currently facing forgery charges related to allegations of falsifying academic documents to secure employment at URC.

The court found Ssendegeya’s sureties, including his wife, son, and mother-in-law, to be substantial and, consequently, ordered a non-cash bond of sh10 million. Ssendegeya, a resident of Namugongo Jjanda village in Wakiso district, was remanded to Luzira Prisons last week after being arrested by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SHACU).

Maintaining his innocence, Ssendegeya pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution, led by Judith Nyamwiza, informed the court that investigations are still ongoing. According to the prosecution, in July 2020, Ssendegeya allegedly forged a curriculum vitae (CV) with the intent to deceive, falsely indicating that he held a master’s degree in business administration. This forged document was submitted to URC for employment purposes.

Additionally, it is alleged that during the same period, Ssendegeya provided the same false information to a recruitment firm, Deloitte Uganda Limited, located at Lumumba Avenue.

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Ssendegeya’s lawyer, Benon Tusasirwe, applied for bail on medical grounds, citing a stroke condition that requires specialized medical attention not available in prison. The court has instructed Ssendegeya to report back on December 14th, 2023, for the mention of the case.

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