The Anti-Corruption Court will on August 29 decide whether former Works Minister Abraham Byandala and five others are culpable of abuse of office in the case where government lost Shs24.7 billion in the botched Mukono-Katosi road project.
Byandala is jointly charged with businessman Apolo Senkeeto alias Mark Kalyesubula who was the Country Representative of Eutaw Construction Company, which is accused of fleecing Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) of Shs24.7 billion in the collapsed Katosi road contract.
Other suspects include former Acting Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) Berunado Sebugga Kimeze, the former UNRA Director of Finance and Administration, Joe Ssemugooma, Wilberforce Senjako (former Regional Accountant) and Isaac Mugote (former staff of Housing Finance Bank).
Prosecution states that Byandala abused his office while holding the Works Ministry by November 14, 2013 letter, when he directed the immediate signing of the contract between UNRA and Eutaw yet the company lacked capacity to carry out the road works.
The IGG who is prosecuting the case, also states that Byandala in another August 27, 2014 letter further abused his office by ordering the continuation of the works on the Katosi road by Chongqing International Construction Company.
The IGG contends that this act also amounted to disobeyed lawful orders by Byandala.
The IGG alleges that Kimeze abused his office when he signed a contract with Eutaw without establishing that there was a valid performance guarantee and issued a payment guarantee which allowed the payment of over Shs24 billion to the detriment of UNRA’s interests.
Kimeze is separately and jointly charged with Semugooma over causing financial loss to the government by approving payment of the Shs24 billion to Eutaw despite glaring defects in the due-diligence report.