Eng. Abraham Byandala, the minister without portfolio appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala yesterday to answer charges in connection with the Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi/Kisoga-Nyenga road corruption scandal.
Byandala who is the former minister of works and transport appeared in court alongside four others who have been implicated in the scandal where it is alleged that the government lost up to Shs 24 billion.
Byandala was charged with several counts including abuse of office, causing financial loss, theft, influence peddling, and obtaining money by false pretense among others. The minister denied all the charges.
Byandala appeared in court alongside; Eng. Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze (former Acting Executive Director) and Joe Ssemugooma (former Acting Director Finance and Administration) at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
Others were Apolo Senkeeto alias Kalyesubula Mark, a businessman; and Mugote Isaac, a former Banker at Housing Finance Bank Ltd. However, Marvin Baryaruha, the former Legal Counsel at UNRA failed to appear in court.
They were all remanded to Luzira Prison until Aug.11 when court will reconvene for mention of their case and application for bail which was denied to them yesterday.
Byandala was at the helm of the Works ministry when the Shs 165 billion contract for the construction of the Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi/Kisoga-Nyenga road was awarded to a fictitious American firm known as Eutaw.