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Ex Chogm Chief Engineer Bagonza In Court Friday

Former chief engineer in the Works ministry Samson Bagonza is tomorrow expected to appear before the Court of Appeal for purposes of hearing his appeal.
Former chief engineer in the Works ministry Samson Bagonza is tomorrow expected to appear before the Court of Appeal for purposes of hearing his appeal.

 

Bagonza who is currently out on bail, was in June 2010 found guilty of abuse of office and causing government a financial loss of Shs1.6 billion during the repair of the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) roads. 

 

Justice John Bosco Katutsi, then the head of the Anti-Corruption Court, sentenced Bagonza to two years imprisonment for the charge of abuse of office and three years for the charge of causing financial loss.

 

Both sentences were to run concurrently, meaning he was to serve only three years in jail.

 

But being dissatisfied with the conviction and sentencing, he appealed through his lawyer MacDusman Kabega, hence tomorrow’s appeal hearing.

 

Prosecution then led by James Odumbi and Andrew Oditi; said Bagonza approved the additional construction works on the Entebbe highways between Zana and Kibuye during the Chogm preparations, contrary to the interests of the Works ministry.

 

The additional cost amounted to Shs1.6b, which according to prosecution was not approved by the Public Procurement Disposal of Assets Authority.

 

In the second count, the prosecution said Bagonza approved the payment of the Shs1.6b to Energo Construction, which purportedly carried out the road construction.

 

The Auditor General in his report said the initial contract sum of Sh6.7b was altered to Shs8.3b. 

 

While giving his defence, Bagonza who was the first government official to be convicted of the Chogm cash, argued that there was no loss of money during the construction works because the work was done.

 

However, during mitigation after he was found guilty, he regretted the loss of the Shs1.6b to government, saying he was under extreme pressure to complete the work ahead of Chogm summit.

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