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By Sandra Birungi

Six Stanbic Bank officials were yesterday charged over pension money.

They are charged with causing loss of Shs298 million meant for 34 pensioners. The money was allegedly irregularly withdrawn. Appearing before the Anti-Corruption Court, the suspects denied the charges and applied for bail.

The suspects are Mr. Denis Mpanga, 31, the manager of Stanbic Bank Kikubo branch in Kampala, Ms. Aisha Nalumansi Mubiru, 30, a supervisor at the same branch, Mr. Robert Muhoozi, 46, the manager at Mpigi branch, Mr. Fred Mulindwa, 45, a banker, Mr. Bright Twinamasiko, 28, teller at Cooperate branch in Kampala and Ms. Hanifah Nakanjako, 34, a manager.

The seventh suspect, Mr. Molisto Abaine, a former cashier, did not appear in court and a warrant of arrest for him was issued.

The suspects had allegedly formed a racket and connived with outsiders to present forged documents, pretending to be pensioners. The suspects reportedly presented driving permits of pensioners with their photographs and withdrew their money without their authorization. The source said the bank had lost more than Shs1.2 billion since it had to pay the rightful pensioners.