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Minister Byandala\'s Committal To High Court Deferred

The Magistrates section of the Anti-Corruption Court fails to commit Minister without Port Folio, Eng. Abraham Byandala and co-accused to the High Court over Katosi road, because he was not in court.
The Anti-Corruption Court has deferred the committal of Minister without Port Folio, Eng. Abraham Byandala to the High Court for trial.

The magistrates\' court was supposed to commit Byandala and his co-accused to the High Court, but this was not possible because Byandala was not in court.

Court presided over by Principal Grade One Magistrate, Julius Borore heard that the minister underwent a minor surgery and could not make it to court.

He had asked for three weeks to enable him heal before he can make it to court.

Principal Inspectorate Officer in the Inspectorate of Government, Brenda Kimbugwe was ready with committal papers to have the minister and his co-accused sent to the High Court section to stand trial.

There was debate on whether the remaining five suspects could be committed in the absence of the minister. Both sides then agreed that they wait for the minister so that all suspects are committed at once.

Other suspects include Eng. Berunado Kimeze, former acting Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Joe Ssemugoona, former acting Director of Finance and Administration at UNRA, Apollo Senkeeto alias Mark Kalyesubula, a businessman, Isaac Mugote, a former banker with Housing Finance Bank Ltd, and Marvin Baryaruha, the former legal counsel for UNRA.

Court fixed 15th December for the next sitting, when the suspects will be committed to the High Court.

This matter arose on 28th July when the IGG dragged the minister to the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court, and charged him with several charges of corruption.

The charges are in relation to the Mukono-Katosi road works, in which over 24 billion shillings was lost to a sham construction company.

The IGG accuses the minister of having abused his office while still Works Minister, by directing the immediate signing of a contract between UNRA and EUTAW, an American construction firm contracted to upgrade the road.

Prosecution says the company lacked the capacity to perform the works it was being contracted to upgrade.