Anti-corruption court acquits former minister Byandala

The anti-corruption division of the High Court has acquitted former Works and Transport Minister Abraham Byandala of corruption charges relating to the irregular ptrocurement of a contractor for the Mukono – Katosi road project.

Byandala was charged alongside businessman Apollo Ssenkeeto aka Mark Kalyesubula for causing financial loss of Shs 24.7bn in the bungled Mukono-Katosi Road contract.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Lawrence Gidudu of the Kololo based Anti-Corruption Court, Byandala was found not guilty of any ofense.

Justice Gidudu said the charges against Byandada were not substantial and there was no evidence to incriminate him.

He was facing 16 counts of abuse of office, disobedience of lawful orders, influence peddling, causing financial loss, corruption, theft, obtaining money by false pretence, uttering false documents and conspiracy to defraud the government.

The court however found Ssenkeeto guilty of causing government a financial loss of Shs 24.7bn that he took from UNRA when he presented himself as the country representative of a non-existent Eutaw Construction Company.

Ssenkeeto was thus convicted him for theft, and will return to court tomorrow for sentencing.

Ssenkeeto who is currently pursuing a degree in Christian Theology pleaded for a non-custodial sentence to enable him continue pursuing his theological studies.

Gidudu also acquitted former UNRA director Berunado Sebugga Kimeze on grounds that he had inherited “a confused UNRA procurement.”

Former UNRA director of Finance and Administration Joe Ssemugooma was however found guilty of abuse of office for failure to verify Security bonds.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) dragged Byandala and former UNRA bosses to the anti-corruption court accusing him of abuse of office.