March 18, 2013

LC BICYCLES CASE: Kashaka To Defend Self On Tuesday

Interdicted Local Government permanent secretary John Muhanguzi Kashaka is on Tuesday expected to defend himself in connection to the failed procurement of 70,000 bicycles meant for Local Council chairpersons.

Kashaka, who is jointly charged with five others, is expected to give his defense before Anti Corruption Court Judge Catherine Bamugemereire. Other accused include; Henry Bamutura, who was a Principal Accountant in the ministry, Robert Mwebaze, a Principal Procurement Officer, Sam Emorut Erongot, an Assistant Commissioner in charge of Policy and Planning, and Timothy Musherure and Adam Aluma, both Members of Evaluation Committee.

About a month ago, Justice Bamugemereire asked Kashaka and group to put up their defense upon ruling that the prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence necessitating them to explain their side of the story. Twelve prosecution witnesses had pinned Kashaka and group.

The six stand accused of abusing their offices by allegedly signing a final contract with Amman Industrial Tools and Equipment Ltd (Aitel) to deliver 70,000 bicycles without contacting the contracts committee.

Over 4.2 billion shillings is believed to have been paid to the supply firm but no bicycle up to date, has been delivered.

Some of the accused persons face a separate charge of neglect of duty. They deny the charges.

Court will at the end of hearing their defense give its final judgment on whether Kashaka and group are guilty or not.

If convicted, they could serve up to seven years in jail.

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