Court Rules Today On Kashaka's Bail Application

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The Court of Appeal is this morning expected to rule on the bail application filed by former local government permanent secretary John Muhanguzi Kashaka.

The Court of Appeal is this morning expected to rule on the bail application filed by former local government permanent secretary John Muhanguzi Kashaka.
 
The ruling is expected to be read out by a single judge Solomy Balungi Bossa who heard Kashaka’s bail application on August 18 this year and reserved the ruling on notice.
 
The Anti-Corruption Court on July 17 this year sentenced Kashaka to ten years and ten days in prison after he was found guilty of causing government a financial loss of 4.2 billion in botched procurement of 70,000 bicycles meant for village and parish local council chairpersons. The bicycles were to be used for mobilization ahead of the 2011 general elections.
 
But being dissatisfied with both the conviction and sentence, Kashaka appealed against the same.
 
To that effect, he wants court to release him on bail pending the hearing of his appeal which he says has a high chance of success and that he does not know when court will sit to hear him out.
 
Further in his bail application, Kashaka, who is serving his sentence at Luzira Prison, states that he is of advanced age of 60 years. He also states that he has chronic Hepatisis B disease which he claims can’t be treated from Luzira as they don’t have the necessary medical services.
 
But the state has since strongly opposed his release on bail pending the hearing of his appeal. Senior state attorney, Josephine Namatovu, who represented the state at the hearing of his bail application, told court that Kashaka had not adduced sufficient reasons to justify his temporary release on bail pending the hearing and determination of his appeal.
 
Namatovu also argued that there is no evidence to support Kashaka’s plea that he is of advanced age of 60 years. She further argued that the former permanent secretary had not adduced evidence to show that Luzira prison is unable to treat his ailment of chronic Hepatisis B disease.

Further punching holes in Kashaka’s plea to be released on bail, the state argued that his four sureties that he presented in court did not disclose their true relationship with him to enable court know whether they can produce him to court whenever he is required.
 
Kashaka was among five other local government officials convicted of causing financial loss, abuse of office, neglect of duty among other charges by the Anti-corruption Court.
 
Court also ordered Kashaka along with his co accused to jointly refund the 4.2 billion shillings that was lost in a sham deal with a ghost company Amman Industrial Tools and Equipment Ltd (AITEL) that was contracted to supply the bicycles but no single bicycle to date has been delivered to the country.
 
Kashaka along with his other co-convicts; Henry Bamutura, Robert Mwebaze, Sam Emorut Erongot, Timothy Musherure and Adam Bond Alum were also banned for ten years from being employed in a public office.