Katosi road scam: Byandala off the hook, Ssenketo convicted - Daily Post Uganda

Katosi road scam: Byandala off the hook, Ssenketo convicted

Mr Byandala (R), with businessman Apolo Senkeeto, alias Mark Kalyesubula in court

KAMPALA – The High Court Wednesday acquitted former Works minister Abraham Byandala of causing financial loss of Shs24.7 billion in the bungled Mukono-Katosi Road contract.

But businessman Apollo Ssenketo, also among the six people accused in the scam, was found guilty of theft and convicted.

Byandala and his co-accused were being accused of stealing sh24.7b in the botched road project.

They were accused ongrounds of abuse of office, causing financial loss, disobedience of lawful orders, theft, uttering false documents, corruption and obtaining execution of a security by false pretence.

On Wednesday, however, the judge ruled that there was no financial loss caused because there was no evaluation of the works done before the Inspector General of Government stopped the contract.

Former Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) acting executive director, Eng. Benurado Kimeze Ssebugga, was also cleared of all charges.

Joe Ssemugooma, Marvin Baryaruha and Isaac Mugote are the other four accused.

Baryaruha, the former UNRA legal counsel, has also been acquitted of the charges.

But Ssemugooma, who was the director of finance at UNRA at the time, has been found guilty of abuse of office for failing to verify security bonds.

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