Tuesday, February 26, 2013
PETITION TO THE DIRECTOR, LAW DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, CONCERNING THE RECENT BAR COURSE STUDENTS’ BUSHENYI TRIP
Law Development Centre,
P.O. Box 7117, Kampala, Uganda
Wednesday, 27 February, 2013.
LAW DEVELOPMENT CENTRE,
P.O. BOX 7117, KAMPALA, UGANDA
RE: PETITION CONCERNING THE RECENT BAR COURSE STUDENTS’ BUSHENYI TRIP
The humble petition of Bakampa Brian Baryaguma and Wagaba Isimael shows and states that:
1. You may recall that a few weeks ago, we, Bar Course students, lost one of our colleagues, the late army Lieutenant Komunda Robert, of Firm D. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
2. You may recall further that about a week ago, some Bar Course students organised a trip to pay a post-humous visit to the late’s family in Mitoma, Bushenyi District.
3. We are informed by the Law Development Centre Accounts Department that you duly facilitated this trip by authorising the release of Shillings 1,070,000 (Shillings one million seventy thousand only) to facilitate the entire Bushenyi trip, using the LDC coaster/bus/van, on Friday, 15 February, 2013.
4. Of this amount, Shs 850,000 was for fuel; Shs 70,000 was the driver’s per diem for one day; and Shs 150,000 was for refreshments of 30 people i.e. Shs 5000 per person. (Kindly see hereon attached as Annexure A, a list of the 28 students who registered with Ms Namusikwe Priscilla, Firm Leader of Firm D to go for the journey. We are reliably informed though, that only 16-18 students left for the journey).
5. Shs 150,000 was paid directly to the Guild President Mr. Mabandha Romeo, but none of the entitled beneficiaries ever received any of that money.
6. We interrogated many people including, Mr. Mabandha and Speaker, Mr. Byekitinisa Franklin. We are satisfied that Messers Mabandha and Byekitinisa should be tasked to account for and explain the whereabouts of the students’ per diem of Shs 150,000.
7. Along the way, the bus stopped on several fuelling centres to refuel. We wonder how this should have been possible yet fuel was well catered for. Ordinarily, the bus should have set off from Kampala with a full tank. The driver should be tasked to explain this.
8. There were private passengers loaded on the bus along the way. The Chief Co-ordinator/conductor was Mr. Agaba Saimon, who informed us that a total of Shs 50,000 was collected from the private passengers. He revealed that “this deal was consented to by the” bus driver, Mr. Mabandha and Mr. Byekitinisa.
9. Mr. Agaba further said that the money was shared as follows: Franklin–Shs 20,000; Romeo–Shs 15,000; driver–Shs 5000; clients’ broker at Masaka–Shs 5000; and himself–Shs 5000.
10. We aver that this is money properly due to LDC and that its recipients are mere constructive trustees of the Centre, who should be prevailed upon to refund it forthwith.
11. It is our considered opinion that it is our civic duty–as much as it is everyone else’s–to play our humble part in the fight against the vermin of corruption in this country and we assert that everything possible should done to ensure that our generation will be better and different.
12. Wherefore we humbly beseech you, as the LDC’s Accounting Officer and in exercise of the power conferred upon you by virtue of your office and especially, as the authority who authorised the issuance of the sums of money abused as earlier mentioned, to intervene in this matter and take all available and possible remedial steps to prevent fraud by the named individuals and in particular, to do the following:-
(a) Institute or cause to be instituted a Committee, if necessary, to further investigate this matter;
(b) Order or cause to be ordered accountability for all the sums of money mentioned in this petition;
(c) Issue or cause to be issued a declaration that all the money complained about in this petition lawfully and legitimately belongs to the Law Development Centre;
(d) Order or cause to be ordered a refund of all the money complained about in this petition to the Law Development Centre accounts;
(e) Discipline or cause to be disciplined all people implicated in this petition;
(f) Take any other steps and/or grant any other remedies as permitted by law; and
(g) Order or cause to be ordered accountability of all monies so far received by the Guild Cabinet including, the Shs 400,000 for buying Guild Office furniture and stationery.
13. We bring to your attention our intent and desire to a vote of no confidence in the Guild President and the Speaker, very soon in accordance with Articles 5(5) and 12(2) of The Constitution of Law Development Centre Students’ Guild, 1979. We welcome your advice and assistance in this regard.
14. The contents of this petition are true and correct to the best of our knowledge and belief.
STATED by the said Bakampa Brian Baryaguma and Wagaba Isimael at the Law Development Centre, Kampala this 27th day of February, 2013.
cc: Deputy Director
Heads of Departments, Law and Bar Course
Messers Mabandha Romeo, Byekitinisa Franklin, Agaba Saimon and bus driver
Students’ Notice Boards
List of the Students Who Registered To Go For the Journey and Some of Whom Went As They Appear In Bold Letters
1. Balinda Daudi H
2. Wagaba Ismael J
3. Isingoma Michael H
4. Turyahumura Patricia I
5. Kwesiga Michael D
6. Ayebare Michael D
7. Amerit Timothy D
8. Nareeba Jean D
9. Agaba Saimon D
10. Namaganda Judith D
11. Namuli Resty B
12. Tumuhimbise Anthony J
13. Kawalya Ronald D
14. Turyahebwa Gilbert B
15. Achiro Wanda Mercy D
16. Nankunda Jackline F
17. Kato Absolom B
18. Mugoda Denis N F
19. Menya Swalik I
20. Mugisha Joshua G
21. Kazinda Naafi H
22. Mwanja Brian I
23. Kyogula Hannington D
24. Byekitinisa Franklin (Guild)
25. Mbalangu Gonzaga C
26. Kigenyi Emmanuels C
27. Mabandha Romeo (Guild)
28. Mayanja Abu .....
29. Kawooya Kigongo E