The former Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Managing Director Paul Kihika has today been granted a non-cash bail of shs 3.5 million by Ms. Pamela Lamunu, the Grade One Magistrate of the Anti-corruption Court.
On July 3 Mr. Kihika was remanded to Luzira prison for lack of substantial sureties, after he was accused of among other crimes, stealing Shs33 million between May and August 2014, meant to facilitate him for an official trip to China. But he did not travel to China, the prosecution led by Mr. Peter Mugisha avers.
And granting him bail today, Mr. Kihika, who is also facing embezzlement and abuse of office charges, was ordered to deposit his passport with the anti-corruption court and told to appear before the same court on September 4, 2017.
Earlier, Mr. Kihika had been granted police bond but re-was arrested after failure to report to police as instructed.
Meanwhile, there are ongoing investigations by police about negotiations of a sponsorship deal between UBC TV and Airtel, in which Mr. Kihika is accused of complicity in the Shs.3.6 billion deal carried out between 2013 and 2014, to air the 2014 World Cup finals that took place in Brazil.
Over the past years the UBC has been bedeviled by corruption scandals, one of them being the 2014 conviction of Fred Kavuma, a former Programmes Producer who was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Luzira Prison for embezzling over Shs30 million in 2005.