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Ex-PS Kashaka denied bail
Publish Date: Sep 03, 2014
Ex-PS Kashaka denied bail
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, John Kashaka Muhanguzi and his relatives at High Court, Kololo, September 3, 2014. Photo/Richard Sanya.
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By Edward Anyoli    

Court of Appeal has declined to grant bail to John Kashaka Muhanguzi, the convicted former permanent secretary ministry of local government.

Justice Salome Bbosa on Wednesday said the case involved a colossal sum of money which is not yet recovered.

Bbosa said Kashaka failed to prove that his sickness cannot be treated from Luzira prison where his currently serving his sentence.

On the  issue  of  the appeal  having  high  chances  of success , Bbosa  said  she was not in  position to tell whether  the appeal will succeed  or not because she had not  looked at the records  of  proceedings  from  the Ant- Corruption  Court.

Court also denied Kashaka bail on grounds that the sureties he had presented were not substantial

Kashaka (60) was convicted by the Anti- Corruption Court July for mismanaging sh4b meant for local council bicycles.

He appealed against the whole judgment including the conviction and the sentence saying it was unfair because prosecution did not adduce enough evidence to warrant his conviction.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire convicted and sentenced Kashaka to 10 years and 10 days in addition ordered him to refund part of sh4b.

Others convicts  who were denied bail  were:  Robert  Mwebaze,  principal procurement officer  accountant  who was sentenced  to  10 years for abuse  of office and  neglect  of  duty; Sam Engorot, principal  procurement  officer sentenced  to  13 years, and  principal  accountant Henry Bamutura who was sentenced to  10 years imprisonment  for abuse of  office.

Court however granted bail to Timothy Musherure, a former consultant with ministry of local government and Adam B. Aluma, an Administrative Officer.

Court ordered each of them to pay sh20m and their sureties are to execute non cash bond of sh20m.

 Aluma was sentenced to 1 year and 9 months for abuse of office and neglect of duty while Musherure was sentenced to 3-years imprisonment for preparing and abetting crime.

The judge noted that  Aluma and Musherere have lighter sentences and it would be  unfair  for  them  to  serve  the  whole  sentence  when  the appeal  is still pending.

Josephine Namatovu argued that the offences with which Kaskaka was convicted are of serious nature and grave.

Namatovu said   Kashaka failed to prove that he would not abscond   if granted bail especially when he is no longer innocent.

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