Former managing director of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Mr Paul Kihika was Tuesday released on bail on charges of giving false information to police.
He was granted bail in the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court. Mr Kihika was represented by lawyer Mr Jotham Mugarura.
“This court is granting you bail on condition that you pay Shs400,000 cash and your sureties sign a non-cash bond of Shs2 million to ensure you return to court,” the trial magistrate, Ms Christine Nantege ruled as she granted him bail.
The state prosecutor Ms Carol Opia contends that on February 16, 2017 Mr Kihika reported a case of theft of his mobile phone by the head of Media Crime Unit Mr Emmanuel Mbonimpa at Jinja Road Police Station whereas the officer had just confiscated it in an investigation of a defamation case against him.
Mr Opio informed court that investigations into Mr Kihika’s case were still on-going and the magistrate adjourned the case to September 5 for further mention.
Mr Kihika is likely to face more charges and the amount of money could also grow bigger if the on-going investigations are concluded.
Mr Kihika is also being investigated on other criminal charges of causing financial loss of Shs3.6 billion to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation in connection with the UBC-Airtel sponsorship deal to air the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Police are also investigating him for alleged embezzlement, abuse of office, false accounting and conspiracy to commit a crime during the execution of the UBC-Airtel World Cup sponsorship deal between 2013 and 2014.