Peter Mulira, the lawyer representing city businessman Apollo Senkeeto Kalyesubula, who was yesterday sentenced to 10 years for masterminding a plan that caused a government to lose Shs 24.7 billion in the Mukono Katosi Road fraud, has said he will never step foot in the Anti-corruption court.
Mulira gave a number of reasons, among them the fact that his client was convicted of Theft, yet the judge said there was no loss caused to UNRA, which was why he released the other suspects in the case.
“When I steal money from you it means you incur a loss but in this judgment the judge said there was no amount of loss that was caused; so why would he convict Senkeeto?” he wondered.
Mulira told press that the road contract was confirmed by the Solicitor General and it passed through all the required procedures as required in law.
For these reasons, he said he will never to return to this court again.
Senketo was yesterday handed a 10 year prison term by the Anti-corruption High court judge Lawrence Gidudu, having made a finding that Senkeeto was the main player in the Katosi road fraud.
The judge said this should serve as an example to the members of Public Sector who want to engage in embezzling government funds.
Senketo however, was not ordered to refund the money as the prosecution had earlier requested because the office of the IGG didn’t provide an audit report showing the actual amount of money that was lost in the process.
In this three year old case, former Minster for Works Hon Engineer Abraham Byandala, Engineer Berunado Kimezze the former Executive Director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Marvin Baryaruha the former Legal counsel at UNRA and Isaac Mugotte a former banker with Housing Finance Bank were acquitted after prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.
On the other hand, Senkeeto together with two others Joe Semugooma the former Director Finance in UNRA and former regional Accountant Wilberforce Senjako were convicted and sentenced to 10 and 5 years in jail respectively.