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Businessman Senkeeto sentenced 10years in prison, 2 others get 5 years

Former Works Minister Abraham Byandala and UNRA Executive Director Ssebuga Kimeze acquited as Businessman Appolo Senkeeto charged of embezzling shs.24.7billion to serve a 10-year sentence (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Anti- Corruption Court in Kololo has sentenced businessman Apollo Senkeeto to a ten years imprisonment term at Luzira prison for stealing Shs 24.7 billion that was meant to up-grade the Mukono -Katosi-Kisoga-Byenga road.

Others sentenced are; Joel Semugooma the former UNRA Director for Finance and Wilberforce Senjaako; an accountant who have all been jailed for 5 years each for abuse of office and forgery of documents.

Delivering his sentencing to Mr Ssenkeeto, Justice Lawrence Giddudu said that even though he is a first time offender, he used part of the money to live an artificial lifestyle which court must discourage by giving him a long custodial sentence.

The judge has however made no orders for refund of the said money since prosecution adduced no evidence of an audit report in court to prove the actual amount of money lost.

The 3 convicts were part of the group charged with the former works minister Abraham Byandala who was yesterday Wednesday acquitted on all the three counts including corruption, abuse of office and disobeying lawful orders.

Justice Giddudu also acquitted the former UNRA Executive Director Ssebuga Kimeze and Legal Counsel Marvin Baryaruha of any liability in the matter.

The jailed convicts have however announced that they would appeal against both the court’s judgment and sentences before the court of appeal within 14 days.

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