A former commissioner in the Ministry of Public Service yesterday told the Anti-Corruption Court that two of the suspects in the pension scam budgeted for the queried Shs88 billion pension contribution to the National Social Security Fund(NSSF).
Mr Joses Tegyeza, the former assistant commissioner in charge of policy planning, testified that Mr Christopher Obey, the former principal accountant, and Mr Stephen Kunsa Kiwanuka, the former director research and development, budgeted for NSSF money, a process that was unusual.
Testifying in a trial presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu, Mr Tegyeza said while other departments in the ministry always presented their budgets in time, those of Mr Obey and Mr Kunsa would be delayed on the pretext that the figures were being worked upon by the pension statutory department.
Mr Tegyeza explained that whenever he would assign staff in his department to follow up the matter, the duo always gave them verbal explanations.
As the fifth prosecution witness, Mr Tegyeza added that upon questioning the duo why they included NSSF in the budget, their response was that it was meant to pay scientists under the NSSF.
Justice Gidudu adjourned the matter to December 14, for cross-examination of the witness by a host of defence lawyers.
The suspects were charged in August with fraudulent budgeting of civil servants’ pension contribution to NSSF yet the latter don’t contribute to the pension fund.
SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR