East Africa

Captain Mike Mukula Set Free

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Mike Mukula and his wife

Jailed Sororti Municipality Member of Parliament Mike Mukula is now a free man. The Anti-corruption Court on Wednesday morning acquitted him of all embezzlement charges overturning a four year jail term handed to him in January.

While delivering his verdict, Judge Wangutusi said prosecution lacked enough evidence to pin down the flamboyant Soroti legislator before adding that the lower court in the case ignored vital evidence.

On January 18, the lower court of the Anti-Corruption Division of the high court, found Capt. Mukula, guilty of embezzling Shs210 million from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) account.

However, Capt. Mukula who is also the Soroti Municipality MP, was dissatisfied with the conviction and the sentence appealed the conviction.

Mukula stated that the trial Chief Magistrate erred in law and fact when she believed the prosecution case before hearing his case.

David Mpanga, one of Capt Mukula’s lawyers, submitted that embezzlement charge only applies to public officers; meaning that it cannot stand against their client who was a minister at the time the said crime was committed.
“I really thank God for this. God cannot be bribed. Justice has prevailed” Mukula said after his release adding ”

I have learnt so many things at Luzira. I am very strong. My back has not been broken. I am glad God has given me this golden opportunity to be with you”
He also thanked President Yoweri Museveni, Teso elders, his wife Gladys Mukula, children, relatives, friends for being supportive during his stay at Luzira.

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