By Ivan Kaahwa
David Jamwa, the former Managing Director of NSSF, has been released from jail after being pardoned by the head of state. Jamwa had been serving a 12-year sentence on charges of causing financial loss to NSSF.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently pardoned 13 prisoners serving sentences for causing financial loss, defilement, and manslaughter. These individuals were granted forgiveness on public health and humanitarian grounds.
Among those pardoned is former NSSF Managing Director David Chandi Jamwa, who has been released from Luzira Prison on charges of causing financial loss. Tezira Jamwa, the former Member of Parliament for West Budama North County in the 6th Parliament and David’s mother, was present at Luzira to receive her son. She was accompanied by David’s excited son, expressing joy at his father’s release.
Tezira Jamwa said she received the news from home while planning to travel to Kampala. She received a call from the State House informing her that the president had signed on the prerogative of mercy, and the report had been sent to the attorney general for further action.
Jamwa stated that justice has finally been accorded to him after serving a significant amount of time in prison, spanning 6 years in what he termed a nightmare. He expressed optimism about reconnecting with his family, stating that while in prison, he lost many relatives, including his own daughter, whom he will have to mourn. He is hopeful to continue engaging in the development of the country.
Despite pleading not guilty to two counts, including abuse of office and causing financial loss, David Jamwa was convicted but acquitted of the abuse of office charge. The anti-corruption court in 2011 convicted David Jamwa of causing financial loss of over 3 billion shillings to the social security fund. At the time of his release, Jamwa had served 6 years in Luzira.
According to Article 121(4) of the constitution, the President has the power to pardon any person convicted of an offense, either free or subject to lawful conditions.
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