Two Mbarara City Service Commission officials, Edward Karugaba and Lubega M. Kazooba, have been granted bail.
The magistrates court on Monday granted bail of 3 million per official. Court had on September 4th, 2023 remanded the duo to Mbarara main prison after they were charged with abuse of office, corruption, and extortion.
The court heard that between January and April 2023, while at Mbarara City Council, the two suspects allegedly unlawfully solicited money from desperate job applicants by promising them employment opportunities.
On Monday, the suspects appeared in court presided over by Mbarara Chief Magistrate Andrew Kabombo, who granted them a non-cash bail of Shs. 3 million and non-cash of Shs. 10 million for each surety.
The court proceedings started at 2:00 PM and ended at 3:40 PM as the lawyer of the accused persons, Moreen Kyomugisha of Zehurikirize and Co. Advocates, tussled with the state prosecutors.
Sureties of Lubega M. Kazooba were his brother Safari Innocent Katarihera, a resident of Nyakakoni cell A, Rukindo ward in Mbarara City south, and the Branch manager National water and Sewerage Coporation Manasseh Matsiko, a resident of Nyakiziba cell, Kakiika ward. Denise Muheirwe, a resident of Kakoba central Cell, Kakoba ward in Mbarara City south, and Aisha Nabukera stood surety for Edward Karugaba.
The magistrate ordered them to return to court on September 27, 2023 at 9:00 AM.