The former Deputy Town Clerk of Jinja Jofram Waidhuuba, has been brought before the anti-corruption court on charges including Abuse of Office, Fraudulent Procurement of Certificate of Title, and Conspiracy to Defraud.
According to a statement released today, the allegations against Waidhuuba date back to 2018 when he allegedly signed transfer forms without authorization, facilitating a private company named God Will Agencies Ltd to obtain a Certificate of Title for government land. The land, identified as LRV JJA 453, Folio 6 plot M23 at Aniyali Amanyi Road II, belonged to Jinja Municipal Council.
The statement also reveals that Tusiime Isaac, the owner of God Will Agencies Ltd, is jointly charged with Waidhuuba but remains at large.
During the arraignment, Waidhuuba pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail, requiring him to pay UGX 2 million in cash. Additionally, two sureties were bonded at a non-cash sum of UGX 25 million.
Isaac Tusiime, the co-accused, has been summoned to appear in court on November 30, 2023. Tusiime is implicated in the fraudulent procurement of a certificate of title between 2018 and 2022, in connection with the same property owned by Jinja Municipal Council.
Separately, Hidaya Nassolo was also arraigned before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court on September 5, 2023, facing charges of Forgery and Uttering False Document. Nassolo is accused of forging and obtaining a fraudulent certificate of no objection, which granted her letters of administration for the estate of the late Emmanuel Kawooya against the interests of the deceased’s family.
If convicted under the Anti-Corruption Act, individuals could face up to seven years in prison, a fine of not more than shilling 5.3 million, or both. Similarly, those found guilty of fraudulent procurement of a certificate of title under section 190(1) may be sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of three years, a fine, or both.
These cases highlight the legal consequences of corruption and fraudulent activities, reinforcing the importance of accountability and due process in governance and land administration. The court proceedings will continue as the accused face the charges brought against them.