The former Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Kagole Kivumbi, 58 has died, the Judiciary has announced.
According to the announcement released on Sunday afternoon, the judiciary said Kivumbi had died from Le Memorial Medical Services at Kitiko-Lubowa, Kigo Road where he had been admitted a week ago.
“The Judiciary with deep sorrow announces the sudden death of its immediate former Permanent Secretary or Secretary to the Judiciary, Mr Kagole Expedito Kivumbi, which has just occurred at Le Memorial Medical Services at Kitiko-Lubowa, Kigo Road. He was admitted at the facility one week ago,” a statement by the Judiciary the Principal Communications Officer, Solomon Muyita said.
He said the Judiciary is working closely with the family to coordinate the funeral arrangements, and that they will be communicated subsequently.
It is however suspected that Kivumbi succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus that is ravaging the country.
By the time of his death, Kagole Kivumbi’s woes related to misappropriation of funds were still raging and was still on forced leave.
However, the High Court in Kampala had in December ruled that Kivumbi’s continued forced leave was illegal.
Accused of misappropriation of funds in the Auditor General’s report for the Financial Year 2017/2018, Kivumbi was in 2019 sent on forced leave by the head of the Public Service, John Mitala.
However, in December 2020, the High Court said the forced leave was at first legal but after some time, it ceased to be one, adding that his rights were being violated by the same.
He noted that there ought to be a time frame to which the forced leave ends or else it would be seen as being used for persecution.
Kagole Kivumbi had been tasked by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee chaired by Nandala Mafabi to explain the illegal expenditure of Shs275m in the Financial Year 2017/2018.
Relying on the Auditor General’s report, PAC also discovered that a number of suspicious transactions were carried out in the last five days of the 2017/18 financial year and that money totaling over shs1.7 billion was transferred from Bank of Uganda to several private accounts in Stanbic Bank.
In a July,2, 2020 letter to the Inspector General of Government’s office, the head of Public Service, Dr John Mitala said he had not got any update about investigations into Kivumbi’s case for over six months and this meant government was stuck with the case.