Former Minister for Works and Transport Abraham Byandala has been released on bail.
Byandala who is the current minister Without Portfolio was released by Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore on Monday morning after High Court ordered for his production.
He was remanded to Luzira government prison together with four other officials from Uganda National Roads Authority by Anti-Corruption magistrate court on Tuesday last week.
Magistrate Borore granted Byandala a none cash bail of 10 million shillings and asked him to deposit his passport and land titles. He will re- appear in court on August 11, together with his co-accused for mention of their cash since hearing of the case has not yet started.
Okello Oryem, Byandala\'s lawyer said they are happy with the conditions of bail given to the former works minister.
Cue in: â€œmerely putting 24 billionâ€¦â€
Cue out: â€¦did not cause loss to government.â€//
Others are Eng. Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze, the former acting Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, Joe Ssemugooma, UNRA\'s former acting Director of Finance and Administration, Marvin Baryaruha, the former Legal Counsel of UNRA, business man Apollo Senkeeto alias Kalyesubula Mark and Isaac Mugote, a former employee of Housing Finance Bank.
They face 24 counts of abuse of office, disobedience of lawful orders, Influence peddling, causing financial loss, corruption, theft, obtaining money buy false pretense, uttering false documents and conspiracy to defraud the government.
Byandala is alleged to have used his office as transport minister to influence the issuance of contract in which, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) awarded a 165 billion Shillings task for the construction of Mukono-Katosi road to a briefcase company, EUTAW before completion of the due diligence process.