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State Challenges Kashaka's Bail Application

Principal State Attorney Harriet Angom on Friday told Supreme Court Judge Lillian Tibatemwa that court should instead expeditiously hear Kashaka's appeal challenging his conviction and sentence as opposed to releasing him on bail.
Former Permanent Secretary for Local Government John Muhanguzi Kashaka. and Henry Bamutura waiting to be taken back to Luzira
The state has asked court to dismiss a bail application filed by jailed former Permanent Secretary of Local Government Ministry John Muhanguzi Kashaka.

Principal State Attorney Harriet Angom on Friday told Supreme Court Judge Lillian Tibatemwa that court should instead expeditiously hear Kashaka's appeal challenging his conviction and sentence as opposed to releasing him on bail.

Kashaka who was in court together with his lawyer Simon Peter Kinobe presented his bail application stating that he should be released pending determination of his appeal against his ten-year sentence and conviction which he also filed before the same court in 2019.

He argued that the offences are bailable by this court adding that Kashaka has previously been granted bail by the two lower courts before and complied with all the conditions put against him.

He argued further that he has substantial sureties and a permanent fixed place of aboard within the jurisdictions of the Supreme Court.

The sureties included  Money Lender Ben Kavuya who is cousin of Kashaka, former Director-General of Internal Security Organization Dr Amos Mukumbi a close family friend and Retired Permanent Secretary of Judicial Service Commission Vincent Rubarema.

Justice Tibatemwa said that she will be delivering the ruling on notice.

Kashaka and four others were in 2014 convicted by then Anti-Corruption Court Judge Catherine Bamugemerire and given sentences ranging from One year to 13 years in jail for their various roles in contracting a  sham company, Ammam Industrial Tools and Equipment Limited AITEL to purchase 70, 000 bicycles from India.

The others are  Henry Bamutura, former Principal Accountant, Timothy Musherure a Consultant, the late Robert Tumwebaze,     Samuel Emorut Erongot former Commissioner in Charge of Policy and Planning and Adam Aluma.

They were also ordered to compensate government with 4.2 billion shillings and barred from holding a public office for ten years. 

The bicycles were to be used by Parish and Local Council Chairpersons in the 2011 general elections but to date, no single bicycle was delivered.

Kashaka's sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeal Judges including Hellen Obura, Elizabeth Musoke and Cheborion Barishaki.