By Mirembe Martina
Capt Mike Mukula’s appeal case is going to be heard today at the court of appeal.
Mukula is being accused of embezzling Shs 210m of the Global Alliance Vaccine (GAVI) funds, money meant for vaccination. He was given a four year jail term by Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa. However, Mukula said the sentencing was not fair because the Chief Magistrate failed to consider certain key evidence in the case.
He filed for appeal through his lawyer, Ateenyi Tibaijjuka seeking bail and to change is sentencing. The case was supposed to be heard by the High Court judge, David Wangutusi on Monday 4th February but instead heard his bail application.
Mukula was on a hunger strike in Luzira prison after he received his sentencing but never stopped flashing million dollar smile which he always has, no matter the circumstances.
According to evidence filed by the defendant, Mukula returned the money for which he was convicted of embezzling to Bank of Uganda after he gave some money to the First Lady, Janet Museveni for using for unnamed projects. Evidence showed that Mrs. Museveni’s secretary at the time signed for the money. He gave prove that he returned the money totaling up to sh210m.