The President of Uganda and the Speaker of Parliament are very much in disagreement on changing commercial laws over oil production:

 

February 6, 2019

 

Written by Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

 

As the clocks runs down on the production of the first oil drop in the country, President Museveni hopes to wring more oil law concessions from parliament to attract more sector investors.

Two weeks ago, government and oil sector investors agreed new timelines for the production of Uganda’s first oil despite cabinet-parliament-level disagreements over the existing oil laws.

President Museveni is unhappy with some clauses in the oil laws passed in 2013. He insists they are unfavourable to the interests of investors. To force a parliamentary rethink, the president has met with speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga to persuade her to push her MPs to review the laws and clauses that, in the president’s view, are turning away investors.
Museveni is rattled by the provisions that call for state participation and national content.

Last Friday, Kadaga, in a speech before MPs at a three-day conference on the oil and gas sector at Serena Lake Victoria resort, revealed titbits about her talks with Museveni.

“I had a meeting with the president and he told me that he is not happy with the local content laws because investors are not comfortable with them, he said, ‘I am going to send them back to you’ but I told him that; your excellency, you bring them back, we shall send them back to you the same way they are,” Kadaga said.


According to the minister of Energy and Mineral Development Irene Muloni, Museveni’s discomfort relates to the possibility of the laws holding back the production of the first oil drop.

“The law requires that for a company to do business in the oil sector, they should have at least 48 percent shareholding by Ugandans. Ugandans have to build capacity in order to own 48 percent shares [in] a company doing business of so many billions of dollars, but we don’t have the money,” Muloni told The Observer on the sidelines of the conference.

The entire process leading to the production of the first oil requires a capital investment of at least $20 billion (Shs 72 trillion).


“The president recognized that our own people may not have that capacity, and he does not want to hold back the work. Instead, he said, let us encourage our own people to partner [foreign investors]; when you are weak, you get a strong partner to support you,” Muloni said.


But Kadaga throws the blame squarely back on government, which she says has not done enough to prepare Ugandans to do business in the oil and gas sector. For instance, Kadaga says, the sector promises to offer more than 25,000 jobs for Ugandans but not enough training has been done for them to qualify for the jobs. She said the jobs may end up being taken by non-Ugandans.

“It is important to upgrade some of the institutions like [Uganda Petroleum Institute] Kigumba... we must find an avenue for Ugandans to train so that they are ready when the right time comes,” Kadaga said.


FIRST OIL DROP

To further underscore government’s reluctance, Kadaga pointed to the ever-changing timelines for the commencement of oil production.

“The first time we heard, it was 2014, then 2017, now 2023...eh!” Kadaga said.

But Muloni said that following an agreement reached two weeks ago between the sector investors and the government, the first oil drop is expected in 2022.


“We discovered that the investors were not ready; they were not well prepared [yet] we needed assurances from them about their capital investment. You are looking at about $20 billion, and about three years of preparation,” Muloni said.

“All the companies have agreed that by mid this year, they are going to tell us that we are ready; construction will begin, [and] if we can have many teams constructing the pipeline at the same time so that it gets ready quickly, and also the equipment gets fixed quickly at the wells in Hoima, we are giving ourselves a period of three years to see the first oil, that is why we are looking at utmost 2022,” she added.


Construction of the 1,445km pipeline from Hoima to the Tanzanian port of Tanga is expected to commence in July this year. For each barrel of crude oil that will be pumped, government will pay the investor (Total E&P) not more than $12.77 (Shs 45,972).


sadabkk@observer.ug

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The investor will be paid 12.77 dollars. One hopes Tanzania will be paid 8 dollars for the pipeline to pass through its territory. The crude Oil transporters will get 15 dollars per one barrel of oil. In Nigeria, an oil tanker parks and as corruption goes, it is filled up with crude oil at a cheap price without putting figures in the accountant's books. So with African corruption it will cost 10 dollars per one barrel of oil.

 

 

All together that is 45 dollars of costs on a barrel of crude oil that has arrived on the international market of Crude Oil in very rich countries. The current price of crude oil is 53.66 dollars a barrel of oil. Therefore what Uganda might earn from exporting crude oil is in the single figure of 7.89 dollars on one barrel of crude oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Properties acquisition by Bank of Uganda senior officials seem to show that there is international money laudering going on in the national bank:

 

By Andrew Irumba

 

Posted on 14 December, 2018

  

Uganda, Kampala: As Parliament’s COSASE comes to an end on its probe into the activities of officials of Bank of Uganda and the roles they played in the closure of seven banks, leaked document have shown how BoU’s deputy governor Dr. Louis Kasekende has been transferring part of property into the names of his driver and his close family members.

TheSpy Uganda can confirm that Dr.Kasekende has so far successfully transferred 12 plots of land into the names of his driver Moses Musitwa in a bid to elude the on-going scrutiny by the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Auditor general (AG) and parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

The Leadership Code Act of 2002 requires public officials to declare their properties for purposes of accountability and transparency in order to detect and fight corruption in Gov’t departments. This, could mean that Kasekende was trying to hide part of his wealth he could have allegedly acquired under suspicious manner.

According to the documents, the filthy rich Kasekende transferred the said properties into the names of his driver Moses Musitwa on January 31, 2018. 

‘Rich’ Moses Musitwa, Kasekende’s driver
The documents show that Kasekende has 35 properties in his names yet he only declared to IGG six properties. Pundits are asking as to why he didn’t want to declare them as the law dictates if he acquired legally.

The leaked documents show that much as Kasekende transferred the properties, there is no evidence to show that the deputy governor sold the plots to the latter. 

Some of the properties transferred to Moses Musitwa by Dr.Louis Kasekende.
The plots that are located in Busiro on Block 314 are; plots No. 6090, 6091, 6092, 6093, 6094, 6095, 6096, 6097, 6098, 6099, 6100 and 6101. They range from 0.0450-0.0590 hectares.

However, sources in the lands ministry dealing with this matter intimated that no value of properties was indicated on the transfer forms from. This has raised questions within the registry how the properties could be registered with such anomaly.

On the consent of the transfer forms dated February 1, 2018, it indicates that a consideration of Shs3 million was indicated as the value for all the 12 properties: 

 

Some of the properties belonging to Dr.Louis Kasekende

The document also shows Kasekende owns seven plots of land in Makindu Lane, Buloba (4 plots), Bokoto Rise and Lower Naguru East Road. The document shows his brother Herman Kasekende also owns six plots in Nama, Birongo, Lukuli (2 plots), Munyonyo and Kisugu.

Martin Kasekende, his other family member owns land in Kiruddu, Kyambogo View Street.

Investigations also show that Harriet L. Kasekende owns plot 990 in Kiwatule, Mengo.

George Kasekende owns land at Mpererwe, Barbara Kahubire also has lucrative land in Munyonyo.

In our previous publication, we showed Dr. Kasekende’s un declared properties before the IGG.

The plots include; Plot 38 (0.157 hectares) in Lower Naguru on East road worth Shs1.280 billion, Plot 1423 on block 314 in Buloba worth Shs432 million.

 

More tittles transfers:

Others whose value was not quoted include; Plot 1738 (0.809 hectares), Plot 3213 (0.079 hectares), plot 1427 (3.647 hectares), plot 184 (2.7 hectares), plot 1754 (1.624 hectares) and plot 6102 (0.317 hectares). All the plots are on block 314 in Buloba.

Meanwhile Kasekende was able to declare five properties. They include; Plot 2A (0.142 Hectares) in Makindu worth Shs3.6 billion, Plot 2 (0.22 Hectares) on Bukoto Rise worth Shs2.7 billion, Block 314, plot 706, Plot 1475 Lubowa Estate worth Shs3.6 billion and Plot 12 on Corporation Road Ntinda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Land Registrar in the Central Government of Uganda has admitted to issuing fake land titles:

 

1st December, 2018

 

Written by Joseph Olanyo

Luella Ataro Bogere

M/s Luella Ataro Bogere

 

In one of the most heart-rending revelations, a senior registrar of titles at the ministry of Lands, has admitted masterminding a fraudulent land transaction in which she created and issued a fake special certificate of land title, that may see 161 households including the auditor general John Muwanga evicted.

Acting against the provisions of the law, Luella Ataro Bogere, without any due consideration of the normal procedures, acted illegally and created a special certificate of title for land under contention, located on Block 185, Plot 1131 at Namavundu sub-county Wakiso district. The fake title was created in the name of Peninah Karenge Busingye.

In collaboration with other surveyors, among them Vianney Lutaaya, a surveyor in the ministry of Lands, Ataro, issued a special certificate of title, knowing that all the plots in the mother certificate had proprietors.

 

Ataro did not also consider the normal procedures that when somebody applies for special certificate of title, the registrar has to wait for 30 days after an announcement is made in the national gazette.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into land matters on November 20, the senior registrar of titles failed to defend herself saying it was an oversight. The commission is investigating allegations of double titling of land in Namavundu, Kasangati town council in Wakiso district. Commissioner Fred Ruhindi put Ataro to task to explain why she is always implicated in serious land fraudlent deals.

“This is not the first time you have caused a change in proprietorship on people’s titles. And this one is gigantic. What is it that it is you constantly? How many times so far have you been here on very grave matters and this one is worse? You have been compromised to the marrow,” Ruhindi said.

“You knew the transactions were taking place on this title but you didn’t act. Don’t try to white wash things here… but even if you wanted to do things fishy, you can’t even do it nicely”.

Ruhindi lashed out at the way the likes of Ataro testify against complainants in court.

“In courts of law you are the very people who go and testify against the complainants and testify against the commission. You earn twice from your deals. You earn from a person claiming money from government and the ones you are giving fake titles. Assuming our commission never came into existence, how could you actually cover this?" Ruhindi asked.

Commissioner Mary Oduka questioned why Ataro decided to ignore the statutory 30 days required by the law before issues of the fraudulent title.

“How much money was that that was involved that you couldn’t even wait for the days (30 days). Don’t tell me it was an oversight, you didn’t know. Not even God will listen to it.” said Oduka..

This is the fourth time Ataro whose name has hit the post office box for notorious fraudulent land deals, is appearing and being questioned before the commission. In June 2017, the Land Probe chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire ordered for the arrest of Ataro who she accused of obstructing justice and disrespect. Ataro was detained at Wandegeya police station.

Ataro, who was then appearing for the second time before the commission to explain her role in the issuance of a set of land titles to individuals in wetlands located at Kijabijo, was also accused of telling lies by the commission.

”And I am asking you again today and you said no. What exactly do you mean? Which means you actually knew about it", a visibly exasperated Bamugemereire said.

Ataro who had been avoiding some of the questions put to her by the commission could not, despite overwhelming evidence from witnesses, admit that she had a hand in deceptive land deals and did not follow right due procedures when processing applications leading to grant of certificate of titles in wetlands.

Records obtained by the commission showed that title 170 plot 644 was registered by Ataro and her senior land management officer, Satya Mwangushya without following laid down procedures. The two, the commission heard, avoided the district land officer and the district land board by approving the award of certificate of titles in a wetland.

In March 2018, the commission told Ataro to resign after she was accused of allegedly conniving with land grabbers to take the central forest reserve in Ssayi, Mukono municipality, and soliciting for money in order to sign transfer forms.


The revelation followed an earlier testimony from one Evelyn Kafeero, who had wanted to transfer a piece of land she bought from Jude Clement Kidega in 2014. Ataro, the commission heard, refused to sign the transfer forms and instead demanded for Shs 10 million for the transaction.


Kidega, an employee of ministry of Works, is also accused of selling part of Ssayi central forest reserve in Mukono, which is under contention to Kafeero, admitted before the commission that he paid Shs 10m to Ataro to help her sign his transfer forms

The land probe team also heard that Ataro illegally authorised the sub division of Kabaka’s land at block 369 plot 3 at Golomolo Kiyaga without Buganda kingdom’s consent. It is alleged that Ataro, through a mutation form, authorised the sub-division of Kabaka’s land from block 369 into plots 8,9,10, 11 and 13.


Mutation is the transfer or change of title ownership from one person to another when the property is sold. 
Ataro has further been implicated in the issuing of title in Mabira central forest reserve to Nurdin Yusuf and Bashir Yusuf illegally.

In all these incidences, Ataro, vehemently denied any involvement in the bribery scandal.

“My lord, it is not true that I received money. It is totally false,” Ataro said. She also stated that she did not know that the land in dispute was a forest reserve.

But in a turn of events and unlike other appearances where denial was been the order of the day, Ataro, who was again arraigned before the commission this time round succumbed to her deceitful woes and admitted creating the special title for the Namavundu land located on block 185, plot 1131 in the names of Peninah Karenge Busingye.

“My lord and commissioners, it was an oversight and I apologise for it, I did not know the magnitude of the problem but now I realise there was a problem,” Ataro told the commission during cross examination.

She admitted she did not advertise the application for the special title in the newspapers, as it is required by law, to establish whether or not there were people with interest on the land.

But this did not solve the equation: “The way you minimalise mistakes by saying it was an oversight…, I apologise…is rather appalling. You issued the certificate of title in violation of all the rules, regulations and procedures of the law. You had made up your mind that you have to get a title out” Justice Bamugemereire.

“This thing of titling a certificate that belongs to over 160 people and you keep saying I apologise is ridiculous.”

Documents tendered before the commission show that the fraudulent special title was issued only nine days after the application was submitted as opposed to the 30 statutory days required by law.

Furthermore, the commission found out that the special title that was supposed to be issued in the original names, was instead issued in the in the name of Natasha Karenge. Kerenge has been summoned to appear before the commission. However, last week he submitted a letter, to the commission purporting that she was indisposed and that her doctor had prescribed a bed rest. Karenge asked to be given some time before she can appear before the commission.

The presence of the illegal special title came to the forefront when one Karenge together with her daughter, Natasha Karenge, under duress, fenced off the land claimed by one Stanley Lwanga, who holds the original title of the land under contention.

Lwanga, a retired accountant formerly with the ministry of Health, is one of the 161 households in Namavundu who face eviction as a result of the fraudulent transaction. Others include the auditor general, John Muwanga. 


The land probe commission was created by President Yoweri Museveni in December 2016 and is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. Bamugemereire is assisted by six commissioners; Fredrick Ruhindi, Dr Rose Nakayi, George Bagonza Tinkamanyire, Joyce Gunze Habaasa, Mary Oduka Ochan and Robert Ssebunnya

The commission’s lead counsel is Ebert Byenkya while the deputy and assistant lead counsels are John Bosco Suuza and Andrew Odiit respectively. The commission’s mandate is to probe the efficiency of the laws, policies and processes of land registration, acquisition, administration and management.

It is also tasked with inquiring into the effectiveness of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) in administering public land and relevant bodies in the reservation of wetlands, forests, road reserves and national parks.

jolanyo@gmail.com

 

 

 

A Shs72bn scandal in the National Enterprise Corporation, the trading arm of the Uganda Armed forces is being investigated:

 

The Luwero civil war seems to have turned peasants into rich billionaires: 

Was the brutal civil war of Luwero justified?

 

 The proud military officials of the Uganda Armed forces on field exercise

 

26 October, 2018

 

By the Abr media

 


The scandal relates to 914 former NEC workers who were laid off many years ago as part of the retrenchment.

Once retrenched, employees become entitled to terminal benefits. Having been retrenched in 1992/1993, some of the ex-NEC workers missed their benefits prompting them to sue government in 2002. Almost 10 years later in August 2011, Justice Kibuka Musoke ruled in their favor and ordered government to pay them Shs7.1bn. As they waited for their payment, the ex-NEC workers learnt that the ministries of Defense, Finance & Justice (AG Chambers) were processing Shs46bn as opposed to the mere Shs7.1bn court directed.

They became appalled and petitioned the IGG saying this was fraud. They claimed over 270 names on the beneficiaries' list were ghosts. The IGG referred the matter to the Auditor General from whom it was hijacked by CIID headquarters Kibuli from where it was controversially closed.

The two ministries of Finance & Justice then began effecting payments through the ex-NEC workers' lawyer Davis Ndyomugabe who now says he has been paying out to the beneficiaries. The lawyer, on whose Stanbic Bank account the money continues to be wired in installments, says there are some of his clients he hasn't yet managed to locate and that's why he is still keeping their money.

 

ISO is now investigating to establish how what was initially Shs7.1bn grew to Shs72bn which the two ministries of Finance & AG are continuing to pay in regular installments. The Stanbic Bank account number ISO is investigating 9030004036149 of the Metro branch. Whereas Solicitor General Francis Atooke says he isn't aware of the NEC matter, Finance Ministry publicist Jim Mugunga says he is aware of the matter but finds Shs72bn outrageously very high. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Majority NRM Parliament of Uganda is soon to interview the Governor of the Bank of Uganda over this year's Auditor General's report:

 

Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime- M
Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime- Mutebile (2nd right) appears before Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises in May last year. PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA

 

1st October, 2018 

 

By Yasiin Mugerwa

 


Kampala- Lawmakers on a House watchdog committee are pushing to have the Governor Bank of Uganda and his team to testify under oath with regard to the payment of billions of shillings to external lawyers in the closure of seven commercial banks.
The MPs on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) committee led by their outgoing chairman, Mr Abdul Katuntu, will this month open an inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of closed commercial banks.


Sources close to Cosase said some MPs want the Governor, Mr Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, and other officials at the Central Bank put under oath because the Auditor General indicated in his recent report to Parliament that some key documents on the closed banks were not given to him.
These include the budget for internal and external operations, list of contracts [with external lawyers], list of all the advocates and total expenditures on hired lawyers.
Mr Mutebile and his team will be asked to provide details on the BoU expenditures on external law firms hired during the liquidation of Teefe Bank (1993), International Credit Bank Ltd (1998), Greenland Bank (1999), The Co-operative Bank (1999), National Bank of Commerce (2012), Global Trust Bank (2014) and the sale of Crane Bank Ltd (CBL) to dfcu (2016).
For instance, under Global Trust Bank, Cosase will ask Mr Mutebile to explain the payment of Shs409.3m in legal fees. For the expenditures on Crane Bank Ltd, only Shs4b was disclosed as the money BoU used in hiring of two external law firms - MMAKs (Shs3.9b); Cohen and Collins Solicitors and Notaries (Shs17.4m).


The budget for MMAKS Advocates and AF Mpanga Advocates - the external lawyers hired by BoU in Crane Bank case before court kicked them out over conflict of interest, was never disclosed. It is also not clear how much BoU officials spent on external lawyers who handled Greenland Bank and others.


However, Ms Margaret Kaggwa Kasule, the BoU director of legal affairs, said: “The decisions on what cases are handled by the contracted lawyers are taken with a consideration to the “complexity of the matter. That decision is taken by the legal counsel through internal consultation with the lawyers. It depends on the complexity of the matter and a number of other issues.”


Before Cosase halted investigations in September last year, the committee had found from previous AG reports that BoU officials paid Shs1.4b in legal fees to private law firms, despite having a fully-fledged legal department. The MPs have since queried the expenditure and demanded details.


While MPs led by Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) want Mr Mutebile to testify under oath before he is allowed to answer any audit queries, Mr Nicholas Opiyo, a lawyer, has, however, warned the legislators against undermining the integrity of Central Bank.


“We have to be careful about how we deal with the Governor of the Central Bank, much more the Central Bank. The only currency on which the bank survives is its integrity and the integrity of its employees... it’s a delicate matter,” he said.


In his counsel to Cosase, Mr Opiyo said: “We must remove any political inclinations from the process and embark on a phased, much needed reform of the Central Bank to guard it from political interference and corruption. The audit process is the start and not the end of that process.”

However, in response, Mr Katuntu described himself as “a professional and a statesman.”

“We are continuing from where we ended last year. We are going to investigate everything in the special audit report of the Auditor General on BoU, including all the payment to external lawyers,” Mr Katuntu said.

“We just paused our investigation into closed banks and payments to external lawyers to allow the Auditor General give us more information. We referred our inquiry into BoU last year. Now that we have the details we wanted, are going to start from where we ended in September 2017.”

He, however, declined to give details on how the committee will handle the inquiry. Sources said next week, Cosase members and representatives from police’s Criminal Investigations Department will have a joint closed-door meeting to discuss and approve the agenda for the BoU inquiry.


ymugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

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It is very difficult indeed to find out the amount of international money laundering that is going on in the shoddy Banking system of this country. Especially when the IMF and WB are keeping silent about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, the Impounded export-bound gold containers in the hands of the national police have unfortunately gone missing:

  

Gold Nuggets from Colorado. These specimens range between three and eight millimeters across. They have the uniform color and rounded edges common of alluvial gold particles:

 

18 September, 2018

 

Written by URN

 

There is a mystery surrounding the whereabouts of two containers recently impounded by the Minerals Protection Police Unit (MPPU) almost two months ago.

The two containers were impounded near Katuna border along the Rwandan border on August 5, 2018 on suspicion that they being used to transport gold and iron ore from Uganda illegally.

Deputy police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango sent out a message inviting journalists on August 16 to witness the opening of the containers at the Spedag Interfreight Uganda offices in Nakawa in Kampala. 

However, the media event was called off under clear circumstances and no explanation was given. Since then, no clear information has been given about the contents in the two containers.

According to reliable sources, shortly after the containers were intercepted, their owners reportedly showed up with documents showing that they had been cleared by the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Both containers had what appeared like RRA seals. The businessmen also reportedly claimed that they had picked the minerals from Ngororero district in western Rwanda and were in transit to United States of America. However, a month and half later, the containers have been changing hands between police and ministry of Energy, Mineral Development officials.

A reliable source in the MPPU said that highly placed persons in government have stalled investigations into the source of the containers.

"Immediately those containers were impounded, phone calls started coming in from every side. The documents containing details of the owner of the containers whom we had found out was a Rwandan national were called by the ministry of Energy," the source said.

Onyango revealed that the documentation purportedly issued by RRA and URA turned out to be forgeries.

"Whatever is in those containers was picked from Kabale or Kisoro districts and the clearances of RRA and URA were forged," Onyango said.

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima told URN on August 14 that they have never opened the containers and had handed them over to URA. But URA publicist, Herbert Ssempogo denied knowledge of the containers, saying they have never heard about them.

"I have contacted our enforcement manager and we don't have any such trucks or containers. Let the person who told you we have them show you any documentary proof," Ssempogo said.

A source at the ministry of Energy Directorate of Geology, Survey and Mining (DGSM) said that the containers were opened and samples taken for analysis.

"The owners of containers got a clearance to export a different mineral, but when they opened, it was found that they had iron ore from Kabale district, which the president had earlier stopped from being exported," the source said.

In 2013, President Museveni banned the exportation of iron ore as a way of encouraging value addition. His position was that the iron should be locally processed and its steel used to feed the steel industry, which relies heavily on imported iron.

The directive also suggested importation of coal from Mozambique to smelt the iron since Uganda doesn't have its own coal. The directive has been largely implemented and only Moses Kamuntu, a Kampala based businessman has written clearance from Museveni to export iron ore.

According to Global Witness, an organisation that monitors the operation of the extractive industry, Kamuntu exports 10,000 tonnes of iron ore monthly. In July 2018, police impounded an estimated 150 tonnes of iron ore that was heading to Kenya.

Records at the ministry of Energy indicate that Uganda has about 200 million tons of proven iron ore while it is believed that there are 500 million more tons underground. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building modern roads in Africa by Africans is proving to be hot Air.

 

Corruption big time:

 

Katosi scam: 10 years in jail for Apollo Ssenketo, Joe Ssemugooma five years and Wilberforce Ssenjako also five years :

 

By Admin, New Vision, Uganda.

 

30th August 2018

  

Culprits in the court of law

 

KAMPALA - Former works minister Abraham Byandala was relieved when he was acquitted in the botched Mukono-Katosi road project, which led to the financial loss of sh24.7b.

But three of his co-accused, found guilty in the scam, will have to spend some years behind bars after being handed their respective jail sentences by the Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday.

Businessman Apollo Ssenketo was given 10 years.

Former UNRA director of finance and administration Joe Ssemugooma got five years.

And former UNRA regional accountant Wilberforce Ssenjako was also handed a five-year sentence.

Justice Lawrence Gidudu handed the trio their sentences in Kampala. 

The former UNRA bosses were convicted for neglect of duty by failing to verify performance guarantees and securities purported to have been issued by Housing Finance Bank, which Senkeeto presented to UNRA. 

Ssenketo, alias Mark Kalyesubula, was jailed ten years for theft, three years for each of the six charges of uttering false documents and another five for obtaining execution of a security by false pretense.

He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Earlier, on Wednesday, while convicting him for stealing sh24.7b meant for the upgrade of Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga road, Gidudu said Ssenketo manipulated the entire UNRA procurement process and got free money.

This prompted Gidudu to convict him of nine counts of theft, uttering false documents and obtaining execution of a security by false pretense.

The judge, however, acquitted Ssenketo of charges of conspiracy to defraud and obtain money by false pretense, saying prosecution did not prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.

Gidudu acquitted Senjako and Ssemugooma of causing financial loss, saying prosecution did not prove loss of sh24.7b because no audit was done to determine the amount of works done.

The former UNRA bosses were convicted for neglect of duty by failing to verify performance guarantees and securities purported to have been issued by Housing Finance Bank, which Senkeeto presented to UNRA.

On Wednesday, Byandala was acquitted on charges of abuse of office and disobeying Inspector General of Government (IGG) orders to halt transactions related to Katosi road works.

The IGG had stopped the works, pending investigations, following a tip from a whistleblower, who said UNRA was dealing with a nonexistent company.

Gidudu faulted prosecution for failing to produce Byandala’s alleged secretary, one Matilda and ex-works state minister John Byabagambi to explain whether Byandala received the IGG’s letter, but opted to disregard it.

Others acquitted included former UNRA acting executive director, Berunado Kimeze Ssebbugga, former UNRA lawyer Marvin Baryaruha and Isaac Mugote, a former Housing Finance Bank official.