By Sania Babirye
A principle Engineer in the ministry of works and transport together with his wife have been remanded to Luzira prison on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering amounting to over 6billion .
These include Eng. Umaru Katingole and his wife Hawah Sengendo also known as Kawa Bitone the senior community development officer Wobulenzi town council Luwero district.
They have arraigned before anti corruption court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende who refused them to enter any plea because they are charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by a higher court.
They have been remanded to Luzira prison until the 24th of this month after prosecution informed court that investigations are still ongoing.
These are accused of illicit enriching themselves which is disproportionate to their income.
They were arrested on the orders of the inspectorate of government .
It alleged that in 2015, Katongole was in possession of property valued at 6.2bn which was disproportionate to his income, past known sources of income and asset.
Katongole is also accused of having transferred them to Darkins Uganda limited on the 25th of August 2015 for purposes of disguising the illicit origin of the properties which led to his arrest.
It’s also alleged that Katongole and Sengendo between the 4th of April 2011 and 6th August 2015, at tropical bank limited main branch in Kampala deposited 2.8bn on account for the purpose of concealing and disguising the illicit origin of funds knowing or having reasons to believe that the said funds were proceeds of crime.