Former UBC boss sent to jail over embezzlement

By Babirye Sania

The former Managing Director of Uganda Broadcasting Co-operation (UBC) Paul Kihika has been remanded to Luzira prison by the Anti-corruption court after pleading not guilty to  charges of embezzlement and Causing financial loss.

Prosecution led by  Peter Mugisha has stated that between May and August 2014, while acting in the capacity of UBC managing Director, Kihika stole 9,510 Us dollars (33.2 million shillings) that  he got access  to by the virtue of his office and  under the  pretext of facilitating his official  trip to China which  he never attended.

Kihika  has appeared before  grade one magistrate Pemela Lamunu and denied ever stealing from his former  employer;  UBC which is also the national broadcaster.

However he could not apply for bail as he informed court that neither his relatives nor his lawyer know his whereabouts; he was  mysteriously  arrested  on Tuesday from communications house in Kampala and detained  incommunicado at Jinja Road police station until today  when he was arraigned before court.

The magistrate  was left with no option to  remand him to Luzira prison until next week on Monday -7th/August  for his bail application hearing.