By; Our Reporter
09th July 2019
The Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala has remanded Umar Katongole the Principal Engineer Ministry of Works and Transport and Hawah Sengendo also known as Kawa S Bitone, the Senior Community Development Officer, Wobulenzi Town Council in Luweero District over money laundering charges and illicit enrichment.
Appearing before the Anti-Corruption Court Grade one Magistrate Moses Nabende, Prosecution informed court that Katongole in 2015 when he was being employed as a Station Engineer at Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA was in control and possession of property in Mengo, Makindye, Kyadondo valued at 6 .2 billion shillings which was disproportionate to his past known income.
Prosecution also alleges that on August 15th, 2015, for purposes of disguising the illicit origin of properties in Wakiso, he transferred them to Darkins Uganda Limited knowing or having reason to believe that such properties were proceeds of crime.
It is also alleged that between April 4th, 2011 and August 6th, 2015 while at Tropical Bank Limited main Branch in Kampala Katongole deposited 2.8 billion shillings on a bank account for purposes of concealing the illicit origin of funds among other deposits of 380 million and 466 million shillings respectively to Katongoles account within Tropical Bank.
Grade one Magistrate Nabende did not allow the suspects to enter plea because the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter and remanded the suspects until July, 24th, 2019.