Anti-corruption High Court judge Lawrence Gidudu has sentenced city businessman Apollo Senkeeto to 10 years in jail over the theft of Shs. 24.7 billion shillings which was meant for the construction of Mukono Katosi Nyenga Road.
Court found Senkeeto and two others Joe Semugoma and Wilberforce Senjako guilty whereas their co-accused Abraham Byandaala, Engineer Berunado Sebugga, Marvin Baryaruha and Mugote were acquitted yesterday.
Justice Gidudu ruled today that although the convicts submitted to court that they are all family men, and have a number of people to look after, that shouldn’t be an excuse for them to walk away unpunished.
He sentenced Semugoma and Senjako, who were convicted of corruption, to 5 years in jail each.
He said the two could have stopped the fake contractor EUTAW from taking the contract by giving their proper advice but they instead connived with Senkeeto through backdating documents thus causing this loss.
Senkeeto on the other hand, had asked a non-custodial sentence on grounds that he is undertaking Theological studies to become a pastor.
But the judge told him that he, like the biblical apostles, can base in prison to send out letters to his followers.
“Sentencing a convict to prison brings suffering to dependents but it should not be used as an alternative to commit crimes hoping to walk away with fines,” he ruled.
The judge thus sentence Senkeeto to 10 years in prison, reminding him of his right to appeal the judgement in a superior court.
Indeed Senkeeto’s lawyer Peter Mulira vowed to appeal the sentence.