COURT: The Ntungamo Grade one grade magistrate remanded District principal Veterinary officer till 27th Feb 2023.
The magistrate grade one magistrate presided over by Edgar Kakuru on Monday 20th February, remanded Ntungamo District Principal Veterinary officer Dr Yaake Basulirwa Musoke on three charges.
The accused pleaded not guilty against the three charges.
On Friday last week, State House Anti corruption Unit together with police in Ntungamo arraigned Dr. Yaake Basalirwa Musoke before magistrate court grade one on charges of perjury, forgery and fraudulently uttering false documents.
Dr Yake was arrested on Thursday evening last week and detained at Ntungamo central police station on orders of State House Anti corruption Unit after receiving outcry from the cattle keepers of extortion.
According to the prosecution, it is alleged that on 19th December 2022 Dr. Yaake 49 years swore an affidavit containing falsehoods in support of the disposal of 12 heads of cattle noting that he treated the cattle from the holding grounds (Ebikumiriro) belonging to a one Kikwerere from Ngoma Sub County in Rushenyi county.
He also forged veterinary treatment and fuel receipts in order to claim over UGX4.5m which was part of the cattle disposal process for the Foot and Mouth Task Force Team to maintain the Quarantine grounds which was not the case.
The accused claimed over UGX 11m in the process from the cattle herders according to the charge sheet.
Before the state attorney Ntungamo District Twinomugisha laudelo, he requested two weeks to prepare the documents before the six sureties that they are not ready for bail application pending the ruling.
He will be arraigned before Ntungamo magistrate Grade one magistrate on Monday 27th Feb 2023 for further hearing.
By Ambrose Kweronda
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