In a sensational twist of events, Hanipher Mpungu, the Deputy Mayor of Kampala Central, has been sent to Luzira Prison. The Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court made this decision due to allegations of obtaining money deceitfully. The court session, presided over by Chief Magistrate Ritah Neumbe Kidasa, took place on Wednesday.
It’s claimed that between May and June of 2022 in Ntinda, Kampala, Mpungu received 450 million Shillings from Grave Tony Mulinde Lugayuzi, promising to sell him land. Regrettably, the land deal never materialized. Although she professes her innocence, Mpungu’s request for bail couldn’t proceed because the Resident State Attorney, Doreen Elima, is currently on leave.
As a result, she was sent back to prison, with her next court appearance slated for September 20th, 2023. Mpungu was appointed as the Deputy Mayor by Salim Uhuru, the Mayor of the Kampala Central Urban Council Division, in July 2021. If proven guilty, she could face a maximum prison sentence of five years.
The charge against her states, “Any person who, through false pretenses with an intent to defraud, acquires anything that could be stolen from another person or convinces another to deliver something that could be stolen, commits a felony and could be imprisoned for up to five years.”
Records show that Mpungu was initially released on police bond on August 12th, 2022, but failed to adhere to the terms. Subsequently, she was summoned to court on August 23rd, 2023. Allegedly, her lawyer falsely asserted that she was admitted to the Wellington Diabetes and Heart Centre Nakasero.
However, Detective AIP Peter Abwona’s investigation found no evidence of her presence at that hospital. An affidavit by Abwona states, “On the 31st day of August 2023, the accused, who had earlier claimed to be admitted at Wellington Diabetes and Heart Centre Nakasero, was intercepted and arrested while attending a party with her children in Nangabo Kasangati.” The disputed land is said to belong to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.
This isn’t the first time the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council has been linked to property-related fraud. In 2020, three individuals were sent to Kitalya prison for conspiring to embezzle over 444 million Shillings from the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council in a software scam.
The accused supposedly received the money through a court order issued by the suspended Masaka High Court Registrar, Cissy Mudhasi, in favor of Ram Engineering Uganda Limited, with an arbitrator identified only as I. Tugumisirize.