By our reporter
The Anti-Corruption court has handed a 10year jail term to Eutaw Construction Company Country Representative Apollo Senkeeto and five years each to two former UNRA Staff, Joe Ssemugooma and Wilberforce Ssenjakko, for their role in the Mukono-Katosi Nyenga road scam that saw Government lose shs 24.7 billion.
The trio was being tried alongside former Works Minister Abraham Byandala but he was on Wednesday acquitted of all charges regarding the road scam.
Senkeeto and others were found guilty of theft, corruption and abuse of office charges by Justice Lawrence Gidudu.
Justice Gidudu noted that he is not persuaded by the convict’s prayer for a none custodial sentence given their ill health and family responsibilities, because it will not meet the ends of justice, but would send a wrong signal that people from the private sector can manipulate government institutions, access public resources and walk away freely.
The Judge also observed that Ssemugooma who was UNRA’s head of finance, and Ssenjakko the accounts assistant played a prominent role of causing the movement of money from UNRA to EUTAW, with unfettered control and by neglecting to verify the fake securities, yet if they had not gone to bed with Senkeeto, the Company would have been disqualified and saved their employer the untold loss.
The Judge said they have a right of Appeal, which they too confirmed as their next course of action.