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Katosi Scam: Byandala, UNRA Bosses Remanded at Luzira

Egypt under 23 team to face Uganda Kobs in the return leg of final qualifying round of the Caf Under-23 championships have announced they will leave Cairo Egypt on a direct flight to Uganda on Thursday 30th July 2015 aboard EgyptAir.

The team resumed closed training sessions at the Cairo national stadium on Saturday with the technical staff headed by Hossam Al-Badri who called up a total of 25 players for the Kampala duty.

“We call on everyone to support the team in its mission. The team leaves Cairo at dawn on Thursday heading to Kampala, cialis 40mg http://cremeriavienna.it/wp-admin/includes/import.php capital of Uganda to meet with the Ugandans on Saturday, site ” a translated part of the statement from the Egyptian FA read.

Coach Al-Badry will embark on the Kampala tour in confidence after being assured the safety of his job even after qualification to the continental showpiece.

A section of media in the country had publicized fears that the coach will be demoted after qualification but the federation through executive member, Captain Hamada assured the coach of his job, “Coach Badri will continue with the team up to the Olympics games in Rio De Janeiro Brazil as the head of the technical staff and team. He will complete the national mission,” Hemada was quoted by Egypt FA media. The FA also thanked the clubs and called for more public support.

Among the players summoned for training include the first leg goal heroes Mohammed Salem, Mahmoud Trezeguet and Ramadhan Sobhy. Sporting Lisbon solid defender Rami Rabia is also part of the team to travel to Uganda on Thursday.

Ugandan camp

Uganda Kobs resumed training and are expected to enter residentials on Wednesday to prepare for the daunting task ahead of them.

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The team needs to overturn the 4-0 deficit carried from the first leg in Alexandria. Coach Micho believes his boys have what it takes while insisting that the final score line does not tell what exactly happened in the field of play, “We played well, created a lot of chances in front but our finishing was not good. We lost a lot of chances in the game. ” the coach has added more attack upfront by including former Paidha Black Angels dangerman Oromchon Villa

Egypt squad;

Massad Awad, Mohammed Hani, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ramadan Subhi, Saleh Juma (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdi Hussein Rajab (Misr El-Maqasah), Hassan Shahin (Arab Contractors), Mahmoud Hamdi, Mohammad Ashraf(AL-Ghaish FC), Nabeel Rajab (Wadi Degla), Rami Rabia (Sporting Lisbon), Mr. Mohamed Abdel-Razek bazooka (Al Ittihad), Osama Ibrahim and Mahmoud Ahmed (ENPPI), Mohammed Adel Gomaa, Ahmed Samir, Mustafa Fathi (Zamalek), Mohamed Fathi, Mahmoud Metwally (Ismaily), Mohammed Salem (Arab contractors) and Asante Najib (Ismaily).
 
The Minister without portfolio Eng. Abraham Byandala and five others have been charged with 24 offences of fraud, information pills http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php corruption, tadalafil abuse of office and influence peddling among others in the Shs 24bn Kyetume-Katosi road scam.

Byandala and interdicted UNRA officials – Eng. Berunado Ssebbugga (Executive Director), Joe Ssemugooma (Acting Director Finance and Administration), Apollo Senkeeto and Isaac Mugote (former banker, Housing Finance Bank) appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo on Tuesday afternoon.

This was after being arrested and detained by police.

UNRA’s former Legal Counsel Marvin Baryaruha, who is among the suspects, did not appear in court with the rest who were delivered in a white van.

The suspects were held in the court cells before being taken to court under tight security.

According to the charge sheet signed by the Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja, the suspects abused their respective offices leading to loss of the tax payers’ money totaling to Shs 24bn.

“Eng. Byandala as Minister of Works and Transport arbitrarily directed the immediate signing of a contract between government and Eutaw for the upgrading of the Kyetume- Katosi road, facilitating payment of Shs24bn to a company that lacked the capacity to perform the contract, which act was prejudicial to the interests of government,” prosecutor Brenda Kimbugwe read the charge.

The former Works Minister is also charged with influencing and  arbitrarily ordering the continuation of works on the road by CICO, after the said Chinese company entered into an agreement with Eutaw yet the latter  had breached its contract with UNRA  and the IGG had halted the works.

According to the charge sheet, former UNRA Executive Director Eng. Ssebbugga Kimeze is charged among others with awarding the contract to Eutaw without complying with provisions of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority Act contrary to his responsibilities as an accounting officer.

L-R: Byandala dodging cameras as Senkeeto and Kimeze look on
L-R: Byandala dodging cameras as Senkeeto and Kimeze look on

“Together with Joe Ssemugooma(Director Finance and Administration),Eng. Ssebbugga approved and effected payment of money to Eutaw  well aware of its shortcomings without ensuring there was a valid performance guarantee and advanced payment guarantee which later caused a substantial loss to government,” the  prosecutor told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore.

The State contends that between July and November 2013, while in performance of his duties as legal counsel to UNRA and in abuse of the authority of his office, arbitrarily misadvised UNRA during the procurement under ref. no. UNRA/Works/2009-10/00001/18/06 which led to the signing of the contract between UNRA and Eutaw for the Katosi road “without completing due diligence and so facilitated the payment of Shs 24bn to Eutaw.

Court also heard that Apolo Senkeeto alias Mark Kalyesubura between November and December 2013 “knowingly and fraudulently uttered false Housing Finance Bank Ltd advance payment security number 00APS047/2013 of Shs 24bn to UNRA purporting that the security document had been issued to Eutaw for the execution of the contract number 799/MKKKKN/WK/UPD for upgrading of Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi road whereas not.”

Senkeeto disembarks a police van to the court's detention centre
Senkeeto disembarks a police van to the court’s detention centre

He is also said to have fraudulently uttered false Statewide insurance company advance payment bond of Shs24bn dated December 23, 2013 to UNRA purporting that the document had been issued to Eutaw in pursuance of Katosi road contract.

Senkeeto reportedly presented another false bond of Shs16bn dated December 21 and KCB Bank guarantee of Shs 1.9bn to UNRA in support of procurement for the Katosi road contract.

State further said Senkeeto fraudulently obtained execution performance bonds for Shs16bn from insurance Company for East Africa and UAP Insurance by misrepresenting to the two insurance firms that they were guaranteeing a pending payment for the Katosi road construction deal.

Prosecution also told court that Senkeeto conspired to defraud government Shs 24bn by issuing and presenting to UNRA a forged advance payment security of Shs 24bn and performance guarantee of Shs16bn dated November 21, 2013 to facilitate payment of the same amount.

Court also charged Isaac Mugote, saying as a banker with Housing Finance Bank, he fraudulently confirmed to UNRA as genuine the advance security payment of Shs 24bn and performance guarantee allegedly issued by the financial institution to the road contract.

Joe Ssemugooma is led by a police officer to court
Joe Ssemugooma is led by a police officer to court

The accused denied the charges.

Protest

Prosecutor Kimbugwe said the inquiries were almost complete before requesting for a 3-week adjournment of the case.

The suspects’ lawyers led by Robert Kagoro however asked the Magistrate to grant the accused bail arguing that it’s their constitutional right.

They further said the magistrate must give reasons as to why their clients were being denied bail.

The furious Magistrate told off the lawyers: “I have not denied anyone bail. I am setting a date when the bail application will be heard.”

Borore ruled that bail application would be heard on August 11, 2015, implying Byandala and his co-accused would stay at Luzira Prison till then.

Ex Housing Finance banker Mugote appears in court
Ex Housing Finance banker Mugote appears in court

The UNRA board chaired by Angella Kiryabwire, in August 2014, kicked out Kimeze, Semugooma, Planning Director, Eng. David Luyimbazi and Baryaruha until investigations into the award of the controversial Katosi road tender were concluded.

The body would later cancel the contract with the shadowy EUTAW firm which had already received shs24bn for the upgrading of the 74km Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi-Kisoga-Ngenya road from gravel to Bitumen standard.

Angered by the corruption at UNRA and being led by Byandala to launch the construction of the road by a ghost company, President Museveni, who appeared on a radio talk show where he warned that, “we will arrest those fools” – in reference to UNRA directors.

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