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Court to rule on Byandala’s Katosi road case today    

By Michael Odeng

Added 13th October 2017 08:55 AM

Byandala and six others are accused of embezzling sh24.7b from the Government

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The Anti-Corruption court is today slated to pronounce its ruling in a case where former works minister Abraham Byandala and six others, are accused of embezzling sh24.7b from the Government.

The money was meant to upgrade the 72km-Mukono-Katosi road from gravel to bitumen.

The head of the court, Justice Lawrence Gidudu, who is presiding over the case will rule whether the accused have a case to answer or not.

In the event court finds that the accused have a case to answer, the judge will ask them to defend themselves. And if found that they have no case to answer, they will be acquitted of the charges.  

Byandala together with ex-UNRA officials Berunado Kimeze Ssebbugga, 54, Joe Ssemugooma, 54, Wilberforce Senjako, city businessman Apollo Senkeeto, 45 and Isaac Mugote, a former Housing Finance Bank official are battling charges of abuse of office, causing financial loss, corruption and theft.

Byandala is alleged to have influenced the procurement process that led to the award of tender to Eutaw.

Prosecution alleges that Senkeeto uttered a false KCB bank bid guarantee for sh1.9b in support of a bid for procurement of the road upgrade.

Senkeeto allegedly obtained execution of performance bond of sh16.5b from insurance company of East Africa and UAP by misrepresenting to them that it was guaranteeing a pending payment for the road.  

 

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