Kampala-The former Minister of Works, Transport and Engineer Abraham Byandala has been arrested in connection with the construction and procurement irregularities of Katosi Road.
Eng. Byandala who currently holds the post of Minister Without Portfolio was remanded this afternoon by Anti Corruption Court to Luzira prison until August 11, when returns to same Court. Byandala was invited by Inspectorate of Government for a meeting and upon arrival, he was arrested and driven to Anti Corruption Court in Kololo.
The 74km multi-billion Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi-Nyenga road has since August 2014 been a source of controversy after reports that its construction was awarded to a non-existent company, Eutaw Construction Company of the United States.
Byandala, who was relieved of his works portfolio in a cabinet shake-up in March this year, also allegedly directed the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), to award the Shs165 billion contract to Eutaw without the completion of a due diligence. At the time of the intensification of the saga, Eng Byandala blamed his predecessor Eng. John Nasasira, and Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze, for his woes.
Last year Eutaw’s local representative Apollo Senkeeto was arrested and given bond, and the case had since gone silent till today when Byandala.