Lwamafa (left) as he left the Anti-Corruption Court.

Why President Museveni Pardoned Former PS Jimmy Lwamafa?

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President Yoweri Museveni on Monday pardoned Jimmy Lwamafa, the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service. Lwamafa’s name came out on the list with other 199 inmates whom President Museveni pardoned following the power vested in him under Article 121(1)(a) of the constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 as amended and one the advice of the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of mercy.

“I hereby grant pardon to the persons below, on public health and humanitarian grounds,” President Museveni wrote.

The list is headed by Jimmy Lwamafa, the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service. Others are; Innocent Mugerwa, Hassan Isingoma, Beatrice Anite Lean, Vicky Abiria, Kevin Peace, Saidi Aweki, Fred Adubango, Conorald Ahimbisibwe, Robert Tushabirane, Lawrence Ssekajja, Simon Nkarabamu, Julius Kimera and Jordan Turyahebwa.

Emmanuel Bakashaba, Sam Musoni, Dan Otim, David Egasu, Stephen Okolong, Fastino Ongom, Patrick Ewoka, David Ocen, Peter Eyangu, Opus Charles, Anthony Ouma, Benveni Irambona (Burundian), Gerald Munyambabazi and Alex Dyabe. The list of 200 inmates pardoned by the President continues.

According to the Uganda Prison Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine, Lwamafa has been pardoned on account of old age and good behaviour.

“He is over 65 years old and he falls in the category of the elderly. In addition, he has been not well and he qualifies to be released under the terminally ill grounds,” Baine explained.

Pensions scam suspects (L-R) Jimmy Lwamafa, Kiwanuka Kunsa and Christopher Obey in 2016.

He explained that all the pardoned inmates would return to their respective homes by the end of Tuesday. Lwamafa was jailed for 22 years together with Kiwanuka Kunsa, former head of the research and development department, and Christopher Obey, former chief accountant of the Ministry of Public Services for the theft of US $25 million in a pension ghost scam.

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