The former Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Managing Director Paul Kihika has been remanded to Luzira prison till August 16 by Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantege.
According to prosecution, Mr. Kihika lied to a police detective at Jinja Road Police Station when he recorded a statement claiming that another police officer, Emmanuel Mbonimpa, had stolen his phone.
But police and prosecution say Kihika’s phone was taken to ease investigations surrounding a now-contentious Shs3.6 billion sponsorship deal he negotiated with Airtel on behalf of UBC between 2013 and 2014, to air the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, Mr Kihika denied all the charges leveled against him, at one time even telling Magistrate Nantege that he doesn’t understand English and needed an interpreter, a seemingly strange demand that prompted the Magistrate to remand him to Luzira prison for one week.
On Monday this week Mr. Kihika was granted bail by the Anti-Corruption Court Grade One Magistrate Pamela Lamunu, where he faces another charge of embezzling Shs33 million that was meant to facilitate him for an official trip to China, which trip he did not make.