Ntoroko district boss charged over forgery

Ntoroko Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Anselim Kyaligonza spent the night behind bars after failing to secure bail due to the lack of substantial sureties.

 Kyaligonza appeared before the Fort Portal Chief Magistrate, Moses Kule Rubangura on Tuesday on charges of forgery.

He was charged with ten counts of forgery relating to the illegal appointment of several civil servants using various forged extracts from the minutes of the district service commission. 

Kyaligonza pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through his lawyer, Victor Businge noting that he was diabetic, and needed medication.

He presented John Katotoroma, the CAO of Kabarole district, and Edward  Muhimbo, his brother-in-law and Town Clerk of Mbasana town council as his sureties. 

However, when the court adjourned for lunch,  Kyaligonza presented three sureties and dropped Muhimbo for undisclosed reasons.

The new sureties included David Kusemerwa, a businessman from Gweri ward, Robert Musinguzi, a law enforcement officer from Ntoroko district, and William Bwambale, a senior nursing officer with Ntoroko district local government.

The State Attorney, Andrew Kasaija rejected the new sureties and accused the defense lawyer of ambushing the court without applying to the court to introduce them, adding that he needs more time to conduct an inter-agency verification of their details.

As a result, Lubangula adjourned the matter to  June 8th, 2022 to allow him to verify the law to verify the substantiality of the new sureties.

Kyaligonza was arrested by the statehouse anti-corruption unit in Kampala on Saturday after evading the service delivery and accountability meeting convened in the district on May 25th by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Rose Akello, the statehouse anti-corruption unit, PPDA, and Rwenzori anti-corruption coalition.

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