Last week, the Anti-Corruption Court granted bail to three former MTN staff, accused of embezzling over Shs10 billion in MTN Mobile Money.
The Court of Appeal yesterday issued an interim order, stopping further investigations of five MTN employees, battling accusations of alleged fraud and embezzlement.
By press time yesterday, this newspaper was yet to obtain a copy of Constitutional Petition No 36 of 2012 that led to this interim order which was delivered in the absence of either the police or Director of Public Prosecution’s representatives.
According to the order handed down in Justice Steven Kavuma’s court, the Uganda Police and other law enforcement agencies have been “restrained” from any acts of investigations, charging and prosecution in matters relating to MTN’s accountant Mr John Paul Basabose and “four other employees”.
The order does not mention the names of the four said employees. “An interim injunctive order against the respondent, the police or other enforcement agencies or employees restraining them from any further acts of investigation, charging and prosecution in matters related and/or incidental to matters relating to Anti-Corruption Court case No.ACC-CO-1 05-2012 Uganda Vs. John Paul Basabosa & 4 others until 21st of September of 2012 or until such time as court may hear Constitutional Application No. 36 of 2012 interparties,” the interim order reads.
According to court records, the petition will be heard on Friday, September 21 by Justice Kavuma, having been filed by Kigozi, Sempala, Mukasa, Obonyo (KSMO) Advocates.
Mr Robert Friday Kagoro, the lawyer representing the five applicants, yesterday declined to comment, in detail, on the substance of the constitutional application. “All we want is for all those involved in the transactions that led to this matter, be questioned and prosecuted,” Mr Kagoro said, adding; “Selective prosecution should never apply. That is injustice.”
Last week, the Anti-Corruption Court granted bail to three former MTN staff, accused of embezzling over Shs10 billion in MTN Mobile Money. Mr Basabose is also out on court bail over a separate matter involving suspected irregular billing of MTN by a freight company which led to the loss of substantial sums of money.