Anti-corruption Court has cleared all charges that were leveled against former Works Minister Abraham Byandala in the Mukono-Katosi road scum alleged to have caused financial loss of Shs24.7 billion.
Eng. Byandala is one of the six suspects who were arrested in July 2015 and charged with 24 offences of fraud, corruption, abuse of office and influence peddling.
He was remanded to Luzira Prisons for about a month and in August that same years he was granted bail and has been reporting to court as required.
In his ruling, justice Gidudu said, there was no financial loss incurred since there was no evaluation of the works done before the Inspector General of Government stopped the contract.
Appearing before justice Lawrence Gidudu, the former URA’s lawyer Marvin Byaruha, was also acquitted of the charges however found Ssemugooma the then director of finance at UNRA guilty of abuse of office for failing to verify security bonds.
Court also acquitted Former Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) acting executive director Eng. Benurado Kimeze Ssebugga of all charges on grounds that he taken a confused UNRA contract. Court however found Apollo Senkeeto, Joe Ssemugooma and Isaac Mugote guilty of theft and convicted them.
Prosecution averred that Ssenketo obtained execution of performance bond of sh16.5b from Insurance Company of East Africa and UAP by guaranteeing them a pending payment for the road. It also alleges that UNRA officials led to the effecting payment of sh24.7b to Eutaw without establishing its authenticity.