Mukono-Katosi Road Scam Trial Resumes

Mukono-Katosi Road Scam Trial Resumes

By Serestino Tusingwire

The hearing of a case in which  former works minister Eng. Abraham Byandala is jointly charged with 6 others for abuse of office and causing government a loss of over Shs24billion in irregular procurement for the construction of the Mukono-Katosi road resumed before the anti-corruption court.

While testifying in court, a records assistant in the ministry of works and transport, Hellen Kabagenyi, told the court that she received the letter from the Inspector General of Government (IGG)  directing  Byandala  to halt works on the  Mukono Katosi road  on grounds that IGG investigations had discovered some fraud in the said deal.

Kabagenyi also told presiding Judge, Lawrence Gidudu that she received the said letter dated 17th July 2014 on the 18th, July/2014 and dispatched it to the minister’s office where Byandala’s secretary received and signed for it.

However, during cross-examination by Byandala’s lawyer, Nsubuga Mubiru, Kabagenyi told court that Byandala’s secretary would be in the best position to tell whether he had received the letter.

Byandala is charged with disobeying lawful orders of the IGG when he directed the continuation of the said works despite IGG’s directive to halt the works.

Meanwhile court rejected prosecution witness Harriet Tukamushaba, a principal state attorney in solicitor general’s office, citing ambush on the side of the defence team.

Defence lawyer David Mpanga informed court that the witness had never been disclosed to them as required by law.

Tukamushaba is said to have cleared the Mukono-Katosi contract UNRA signed with Eutaw.