Equal Opportunities Commission Boss, Sylvia Ntambi Defies Court Summons over Corruption

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Equal Opportunities Commission boss, Sylvia Ntambi (courtesy photo)

The Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Sylvia Ntambi Muwebwa has skipped court summons that were issued to her last week by the Anticorruption Court over embezzlement of government funds.

On September 22, 2020, the Anti-corruption court under the Chief Magistrate, Pamela Lamunu Ocaya issued criminal summons to Ntambi after being charged in absentia and was ordered to appear before court today on September 30, 2020.

Ntambi who was supposed to appear before Court today at 9:00am, did not appear and it’s yet to be understood why she defied court summons.

However, some media houses reported yesterday that she had already hatched a plan not to appear before court on grounds that she had fallen sick.

According to the sources quoted, the EOC boss had forged medical documents which her lawyers would table before court to deceive court that their client is unable to appear before Court.

Ntambi was on the other hand seen appearing before the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday evening and it is said that she had run to her to seek protection and her advice on the matter.

Sylvia Ntambi at Parliament yesterday evening

Ntambi and nine other employees of the commission face 25 counts of causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption and abuse of office.

Ntambi and nine other employees of the commission face 25 counts of causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, and abuse of office.

Ntambi is accused together with the Secretary to the Commission, Mujuni Mpitsi, the undersecretary Sunday Nicholas Olwor, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Moses Mugabe, and Senior Accountant Harriet Byangire among others.

Prosecution alleges that between July 2018 and April 2019, Ntambi while sitting at the Equal Opportunities Commission offices in Kampala as the chairperson, neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the Commission, thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the Commission Funds.

Court has thus adjourned the matter to October 7th, 2020 were Ntambi is expected to appear before Court without fail.