Byandala released on Shs10m bail

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Minister Abraham Byandala is checked by a police officer at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

Former works and transport Minister, Abraham Byandala, has Monday been granted bail.

The minister without portfolio spent six days in jail after he was remanded by Anti-corruption Court, last week.

Byandala was arrested by the office of the Inspector General of Government in connection with last year’s botched Shs 24bn Mukono-Katosi road scandal.

He was supposed to stay on remand in Luzira Prisons until August 11.

But he appeared today to apply for bail and the Presiding Principal Grade One Magistrate, Julius Borore, granted him Shs10 million cash bail.

The magistrate asked him to leave behind his passport.

His sureties, including MP James Kakooza, were bonded Shs 100m each, non-cash.

His co-accused; the former Ag. Executive Director Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze former Ag Director Finance and Administration Joe Ssemugooma, businessman Apolo Senkeeto and former banker with Housing Finance Isaac Mugote, were also granted bail.

Byandala is accused of abuse of office where he directed the signing of the contract between UNRA and American construction firm EUTAW that was contracted to upgrade Katosi Road in Mukono District, without due diligence.

He is accused of ordering continuation of work on the Mukono-Katosi road by Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO).

Following his arrest and subsequent imprisonment, Byandala’s supporters gathered at Luweero Sub-county headquarters to protest the arrest and mistreatment of the Katikamu North MP.

They were dispersed by anti-riot police led by the district police commander, Eugen Elwaru.

Works and Transport minister, John Byabagambi, also condemned the manner in which Byandala was arrested and subsequently remanded to Luzira prison.

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