The Anti-Corruption Court has deferred a reading of the judgment in which Damien Akankwasa, the former executive director of National Forestry Authority (NFA) is charged with illicit enrichment.
Trial Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum said the judgment which had been scheduled for this morning was not ready. She deferred it to next week, Friday.
The Inspector General of Government-IGG, who is prosecuting the matter, accuses Akankwasa of owning property that is disproportionate to his past and current known source of income and assets.
Akankwasa is allegedly in control and possession of a guest house on Plot 11, St Balikuddembe Road in Naguru, an upscale suburb of Kampala. The guest house, according to prosecutor Sarah Birungi is valued at 580 million Shillings which is not commensurate to his earnings as a civil servant.
Last year, the same court convicted and sentenced Damien Akankwasa to 2-years imprisonment for abuse of office when he was found guilty of causing a financial loss of 100 million Shillings to NFA.
During that time, he was accused of disposing off 1000 eucalyptus poles from Mwenge plantation to Wood Co. Uganda at an undervalued rate of 10,000 shillings instead of the cost value of 20,000 Shillings per tree.
Akankwasa has also previously been charged with causing financial loss of 760 million Shillings to National Forestry Authority during his tenure of office when he allegedly disposed of 40,000 cubic metes of eucalyptus trees at Lendu Central Forest Reserve to M/S Nile Plywood Uganda at a price of 46,000 Shillings per tree, instead of the set price of 65,000 Shillings.
Akankwasa first came under scrutiny in 2009 when his wife, Juliet Katusiime Akankwasa was accused of stealing her husband’s money amounting to 900 million Shillings. The money had been hidden in their bedroom. Juliet Katusiime was convicted for the theft, and sentenced to three years in jail.
Akankwasa, who is currently out on bail, was in court without a lawyer. His bail was further extended to next week when he reappears in court for the judgment.
According to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2009, once one is convicted of illicit enrichment, he/she is liable to be imprisoned up to ten years or be ordered to pay a fine of 240 currency points (equivalent to 4.8 million Shillings) or both.