Finance Minister, Hon. Matia Kasaija has ordered the Chief Executive Officer of the National Gaming and Lotteries Board to vacate office with immediate effect. Edgar Agaba, together with the gaming body’s director of finance and administration, Patrick Kazoora, are charged with embezzlement of shs. 600million.

The two were at the start of July arrested and charged before the Anti-corruption court and released on bail. It is alleged that the two, between October 2018 and February 2019 wrote to the Ministry of Finance authorizing the payment of Shs. 352 million meant for facilitation for sensitization activities to be held at various hotels for two days yet in the actual sense, the said activities had taken only one day. They also between January and May 2019 sent documents to the Ministry of Finance authorizing the payment of Shs. 360 million meant for mobilization activities for bodaboda riders yet it had been done for only one day.

Now, the Finance minister has written to Agaba ordering him to vacate office until the case is disposed off.

“In light of the above communication and the fact that the charges levied against you relate to financial impropriety against the board, it is necessary that you step down as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Gaming and Lotteries Board as we await the outcome of the criminal proceedings,”

Agaba will receive only a half of his salary and will not be allowed to leave the county without permission. He has also been asked to hand over office and any government property that he has in his possession to the board chairman.

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