Byandala to plead guilty in Shs24bn Katosi scam


Former Works and Transport minister, Abraham Byandala has is considering pleading guilty in the Shs24bn Katosi road scam.

Byandala on Wednesday appeared at the Kololo based Anti-Corruption Court for the hearing of a case in which he is accused of causing government losses during the procurement of the Katosi road construction project contract.

Byandala’s lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru has communicated his interest to the Anti-Corruption Court judge Lawrence Gidudu.

Mubiru told the judge Byandala is considering a plea bargain for his role in a case in which he faces charges of abuse of office and disobeying the Inspector General of Government’s orders.

The first Plea Bargain negotiation between the IGG and another suspect Joe Ssemugooma, the former acting director of finance administration at UNRA still hangs in balance.

Byandala and Ssemugooma are charged alongside former Executive Director Ssebbugga Kimeze, Apollo Senketto a businessperson and the former legal officer Marvin Baryaruha.

The suspects will return to court on 29th April for further negotiations.

Meanwhile, Byandala today assaulted a Bukedde TV journalist, Judith Nalugwa, outside court.

Nalugwa reported the matter to Jinja road police station.

Police has opened up assault charges against the former minister.

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