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Katosi Road Scam: Former UNRA Staffs Get 5 Year Jail Term :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Katosi Road Scam: Former UNRA Staffs Get 5 Year Jail Term

Justice Gidudu said the three were convicted because of the key role they played in the movement of money from UNRA account to Apollo Senkeetos fictitious EUTAW Company.
The three convicts shortly before being sentenced at Anti Corruption Court

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Two former top officials of Uganda National Road Authority-UNRA have earned themselves a five year jail term for abuse of office that led to loss of Shillings 24.7 billion in the Katosi road scam. 

They are Joe Ssemugooma, the former Director of Finance and Administration and Wilberforce Senjako, the former Regional Accountant. The Anti-Corruption Court judge, Lawrence Gidudu sentenced the duo on Thursday afternoon. He also handed Ssemugooma another five years 5 years negligence of duty.

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Justice Gidudu also sentenced businessman Apollo Senkeeto alias Mark Kalyesubula to 10 years in prison for theft of public fund. Senkeeto was the country representative of EUTAW, the fictitious firm that awarded the contract to upgrade the Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga Road to bitumen in 2014.  

He was sentenced to 3 years for 6 counts of uttering false documents and 5 years for obtaining documents by false pretense. 

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Justice Gidudu said the three were convicted because of the key role they played in the movement of money from UNRA account to Apollo Senkeeto's fictitious EUTAW Company.

Gidudu noted that EUTAW's bid would have collapsed at the tendering stage if the two former UNRA staff had nipped the scheme in the bud by verifying the security and performance guarantees.

The two, Gidudu said chose to go to bed with Senkeeto by advising him to even replace forged securities and backdate them to ensure that the scheme succeeds. "This matter is in court because the two looked the other way instead of reporting false documents to UNRA management," he said.

The judge described Senkeeto as the main architect of the scam. Senkeeto had requested for a non-custodial sentence for among other things being a theology student at Africa Bible Institute in preparation to become a pastor. 

"If this was a play I would say Senkeeto is the protagonist. Its good news that Senkeeto is taking theology studies, indeed he needs salvation…like St Paul who after conversion to Christianity wrote most of his letters while he was in prison because of his faith, so will Senkeeto continue his theology studies while in prison," he ruled.

The judge rejected prosecution's request to make a compensation order because no audit was carried out to ascertain the exact amount of money lost in the scam, given that some road work was done.