Kampala. The Anti-Corruption Court last evening remanded to Luzira prison the Minister without Portfolio Abraham Byandala, in connection with more than Shs24 billion government lost in the botched upgrade of the Mukono-Katosi road.
Minister Byandala, alongside four other suspects, expected to regain their freedom upon taking plea, but the presiding Principal Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore had other plans.
The magistrate said he will hear their bail application on August 11 on grounds that interlocutory applications are heard on separate dates with plea taking.
The Local Government Accounts Committee of Parliament sitting in Soroti District is probing a former Serere chief administrative officer over missing funds as raised in the Auditor General’s report.
The committee chaired by Ms Winnie Kiiza handed over Mr Ishmael Ochengel to the officer in charge of Criminal Investigations Department for interrogation after he failed to explain how Shs194 million, advanced to the district under the Northern Support Programme was held back by the district and remains unaccounted for.
The committee was scrutinising the Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2011/2012.
The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Board has given the nod to the new executive director Allen Kagina’s first major shakeup at the agency, in which 80 staff, including senior managers, have been asked to leave at the end of the month.
The UNRA Board chaired by Ms Agnes Kyiryabwire, sitting last Friday, also agreed to advertise all the positions and directed that the four top officials earlier suspended in connection with the controversial procurement of the botched up Shs24 billion Katosi road scandal be dismissed.
Among those leaving the roads agency in the next seven days are Mr Gerald Ndaula, the director for human resources, Mr Peter Ssebugwawo, the head of internal audit, Mr Enock Kalema, the procurement manager, and Mr Bruno Musoke, the regional manager for special projects.
The director of communications, Mr Dan Alinange, will also be leaving the agency.
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Uganda on the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Sulaiman Madada, Minister for Elderly and Disability, Ministry for Gender, Labour and Social Development, introducing the report, said that the Covenant was not directly enforceable but the majority of the Covenant rights were highlighted in the Constitution as National Objectives and Principles of State Policy. Uganda’s Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan recognized several development strategies that put economic, social and cultural rights at the forefront of development planning.
Social protection was one of the key strategies to transform Uganda from a low level to a modern and prosperous country; it emphasized diversification and the provision of comprehensive social protection measures for the different categories of the population to reduce vulnerability and enhance productivity of the human resources. With development programmes in place, Uganda had reduced poverty levels from 31.5 per cent in 2005/6 to 19.7 per cent in 2012/13.