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Katosi road scam key suspect Byandala is innocent- court assessors

by Odongo Christopher

Abraham Byandala

Court assessors in Mukoko-Katosi corruption case involving former Works minister Abraham Byandala and seven others have asked the court to acquit the suspects.
The suspects are facing charges at Anti-corruption Court for embezzlement of 24 billion shillings.
The assessors namely Stanley Kurongo and Okech Vincent Ferrer told Court presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu that state led by Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) failed to present sufficient evidence against the suspects.

Court assessors are generally layman’s opinions and there advises are always not legally binding.
Byandala is accused of issuing directives to Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) to award Mukono- Katosi road project to EUTAW without vetting the latter for their capabilities to handle such a big projects.

The former minister is also accused of abuse of office by ignoring the IGG directives to halt the project pending investigation.
He is charged along side Former UNRA top bosses Berunado Kimeze and Joe Ssemugooma, Businessman Mark Kalyesubula and Isaac Mugote, a former employee of Housing Finance Bank,

The judge sets 29th August 2018 as the day for final ruling on the matter that has been before court since last year.
Byandala who was later dropped by president Yoweri Museveni is facing charges related to offense committed in 2013 while holding docket of Minister of Works

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