Former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, was today confined at the Anti-corruption court premises for over 3 hours before he was set free.
The Grade One Magistrate Sarah Langa ruled that Bukenya pay a cash bail of 50 million shillings cash so as to make him think twice if he was to abscond from court.
The former Vice President is facing two charges of abuse of office and fraudulent practice.
Prosecution led by Sydney Asubo alleges that between May and November 2007, while chairing, the cabinet sub committee of the Common Wealth Head of Government Meeting, Bukenya unlawfully and high handedly directed to be done acts prejudicial to the Uganda government.
He is also accused of influencing the award of the contract to supply official vehicles used in CHOGM to Motor Care Uganda in total disregard of procurement laws. Bukenya is also jointly facing charges of fraudulent practice with Motor care Uganda limited.
The state alleges that Bukenya connived with Motor care Uganda limited to commit fraudulent acts in respect of the said contract of supply of 80 Units of BMW and 1200 RT Police outrider motor cycles intended for use during CHOGM, 2007 to motor care Uganda limited.
Though the court proceedings ended at 11:00am, Bukenya had to stay at the court premises until 1:00pm after the magistrate verified the bank receipts to show proof of payment of the 50 million shillings.
Dressed in a black suit and white shirt, the smiling former VP draped a grey checked hat as he moved out of his confinement room.
Bukenya was flanked by family and friends from Kakiri, who stayed at the court premises until he was released. On his way out he thanked and hugged each one of them who had come to show support asking, “You also came, thank you.”
Outside the court gate three police patrol cars registration numbers, UP 1220, UP 1294 and UP 2963 had packed standing guard following reports that the former VP had mobilized a group of supporters to come and cause chaos at the court premises.
The case was adjourned to the 30th of June as it comes up for mention.