Minister Abraham Byandala sits next to Kimeze in court Pix: Abu Kisige

Minister Abraham Byandala sits next to Kimeze in court Pix: Abu Kisige

The Anti-Corruption Court presided over by Principle Grade One Magistrate, Julius Borore, released Byandala and his co-accused on a sh10m cash bail each after finding all their sureties substantial.

The accused were also ordered to deposit their passports with court. However, Isaac Mugote who had an expired passport was ordered to deposit his Toyota Premio vehicle until he presents a valid passport. Their sureties were bonded at sh100m not cash each.

Last week, Byandala, three UNRA officials, a banker and a businessman were charged with 24 counts relating to the loss of sh24.7b, money meant for the Mukono-Katosi road upgrade.

Others charged alongside the minister are UNRA?s former acting Executive Director, Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze, director finance and administration, Joe Ssemugooma, legal counsel, Marvin Baryaruha, businessman, Apolo Senkeeto and former Housing Finance Bank official, Mugote.

However, Baryaruha is still at large, though court has issued criminal summons against him.

Meanwhile, Borore before a fully packed court, asked Senkeeto to also deposit a land title of monetary value not less than sh500m. He adjourned the matter to August 11 for mention.

By Betty Amamukirori and Micheal Odeng, The New Vision

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