Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s court has remanded President Yoweri Museveni‘s private secretary Caroline Kembabazi on charges of giving false information to the Electoral Commission in an attempt to secure jobs for her three relatives in the institution.
Kembabazi, 31, a resident of Kireka in Kiira Division of Wakiso district, on Thursday afternoon appeared before Grade One magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu who read to her the charges.
Prosecution alleges that Kembabazi used her position and lied to the human resource officers at the Electoral Commission that Museveni had directed her to secure jobs for her relatives; Kenneth Magezi, Duncan Muramuzi and Elia Abomeire to be deployed as assistant district registrars whereas not.
According to evidence before the court, the state contends that Kembabazi committed the said offences between November and December 2020 at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Kampala. The composed-looking Kembabazi denied the charges and attempted to apply for bail but her application couldn’t be entertained due to limited time.
As a result, the state attorney Elizabeth Nandala asked court to adjourn the matter, adding that inquiries are complete and therefore a hearing date should be set. Accordingly, Kamasanyu remanded Kembabazi up to January 6, 2021, when the hearing will commence.
According to reports from the State House Anti Corruption Unit which arrested Kembabazi, her troubles started when one of the senior staff in the human resource department at the Commission asked for their intervention, saying that Kembabazi had intimidated and pressurized them to give jobs to her relatives.
It is alleged that Kembabazi verbally gave the directives after she personally stormed the offices and threatened to take action against the human resource officers if they failed to abide by the alleged instructions she had got from the fountain of honour.
As a result, the detectives attached to Lt Col Edith Nakalema’s led State House Anti Corruption Unit went to EC offices from where they reportedly found Kembabazi grilling the human resource officers.
She was immediately arrested and later released on police bond that day until her re-arrest on Thursday when she returned to comply with bond conditions.