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By Mildred Nambi

The anti corruption court has adjourned the trial of 9 suspects involved in the pension scam citing lack of operational funds.

They are Jimmy Lwamafa, the interdicted Permanent Secretary Ministry of public service, Christopher Obey, an accountant, Francis Lubega, the Information System Analyst, Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa, Director Research and Development, Christopher Obey, Principal accountant, David Oloka Japians, senior accounts assistant and Stephen Lwanga, the Accounts Assistant.

Others are Peter Ssajjaba, the Secretary East African Community Beneficiaries Association, Ishaka Sentongo, Assistant Manager Operations Cairo International Bank and Rahman Nakigozi Mugeere, the Compliance Officer, Cairo International Bank.

State attorney Jane Abodo, notified the Grade One of magistrate of the anti Corruption court the trial cannot go on without funds to facilitate the witnesses.

The suspects are accused of causing government a financial loss of over 165 billion shillings through the payment of 2,605 ghost pensioners.

The offense was allegedly committed between October 2009 and September 2012.

According to the charge sheet, Lwamafa and Obey, the principal accountant, while performing their duties at ministry headquarters in Kampala, allegedly requisitioned for payments of 2605 false pension beneficiaries.

Abodo says the prosecution of the suspects will resume in August once the funds are available.

Sarah Langa, the Grade One magistrate adjourned the court until 16th July when the suspects will appear for the mention of their case.