IGG Completes Investigating Byandala Over Katosi Road

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Court sets 28th September for the IGG to produce committal papers and commit Eng. Abraham Byandala and five others to the High Court for trial.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has concluded investigations into the corruption case of Katosi road contract, involving minister without Portfolio, Eng. Abraham Byandala and five others.
The IGG's representative, Thomas Okoth Tuesday told court presided over by Principal Grade One Magistrate, Julius Borore that the investigations are complete. Okoth however asked court for more two weeks to enable them finalise with the committal papers.
Court therefore set 28th September for the IGG to bring to court the committal papers to have the suspects sent to the High Court to stand trial.
About a month ago, Byandala was arrested and charged over several counts of corruption in relation to the halted Mukono-Katosi road works, in which over 24 billion shillings was lost to a sham construction company.
Byandala is accused of having abused his office while holding the Works Ministry docket by a letter dated 14th November, 2014 when he directed the immediate signing of a contract between Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and EUTAW, an American construction firm that was contracted to upgrade the Katosi road and yet the company lacked capacity.
The other suspects who are jointly charged with the minister include Eng. Berunado Kimeze, former acting Executive Director, UNRA; Joe Ssemugooma, former acting Director Finance and Administration, UNRA; Apollo Senkeeto, a businessman; Isaac Mugote, former banker with Housing Finance Bank Ltd and Marvin Baryaruha, former legal counsel with UNRA.
The suspects who are out on bail had their bail further extended till 28th September, 2015.