The minister without portfolio, Abraham Byandala, reached Luweero town after his release from prison only to meet another setback.
He was on Monday bailed from Luzira Prison where he was last week remanded by the anti-corruption court over alleged involvement in the Shs 24bn Mukono-Katosi Road saga.
When he hit his home town in in a convoy of cars and motorcycles, hundreds of NRM supporters from his Katikamu North constituency were waiting to welcome him.
He addressed rallies in Lukomera, Luweero town and at his home at Nakkazi village, where he told supporters that he was just a victim and the truth would later come out.
He said some elements were against his seat and trying to smear him.
Labelled a thief
Meanwhile, some district NRM leaders including the district boss, Hajji Abdul Nadduli, refused to attend Byandala’s homecoming.
At the same time, locals held a parallel demonstration in which they denounced Byandala as a ‘thief’.
Led by a former Luweero DP branch Chairman, Paul Walusimbi, the protestors carried hand written posters that read: ‘Twakoowa ababbi’ (we are tired of thieves).
They said Byandala’s release was a big blow to the struggle against corruption.
“Those are thieves. We are tired of thieves, we are tired of corruption, Byandala resign,” the chanted before anti-riot police overpowered them and foiled the protest.
Byandala, the former Works and Transport Minister is accused alongside Engineer Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze, Joe Ssemugooma, Apolo Senkeeto and Isaac Mugote, among others of causing government financial loss in the Katosi road saga.
Byandala is facing charges for abuse of office for his alleged role in pushing for the signing of a contract between UNRA and American construction firm, EUTAW, that was contracted to upgrade Katosi Road in Mukono District, yet the company lacked the requisite capacity.