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Court drops charges against Equal Opportunities Commission boss Sylvia Ntambi

Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi - Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Uganda has asked the court to drop all corruption-related charges against Equal Opportunities Commission chairpaerson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi.

The charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence from the State House Anti Corruption Unit that is headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.

Ntambi was accused of committing 25 corruption cases including; causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, abuse of office among other offences.

The Anti Corruption Court in Kololo has however dropped the charges after the DPP revealed tot he court that the State House Anti Corruption Unit had no sufficient evidence to convict her.

It is alleged that between November 2018 and April 2019 at EOC offices in Kampala District, Mugabe, Mujuni, Jjemba, and Ntambi being employed in the commission in their respective positions conspired to defraud the government of Shs35 million and more than Shs9.4 million between January and April 2019.

Ntambi was accused of fraud and of superintending over unethical practices that have seen staff polarised along tribal lines.

Since she became the chairperson of the commission, it was alleged that Ntambi unfairly dismissed over 11 staff, terminated over 10 staff contracts.

In 2017/ 2018, the Auditor General advised the commission to employ people on permanent contracts however the chairperson declined and this has since led to financial losses.

Ntambi was jointly accused with nine other former employees of the commission who were interdicted after they were charged.

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