Appeals court sends former PS Kashaka back to prison

Convicted. John Muhanguzi Kashaka

By Ruth Anderah 

The Court of Appeal has sent back to Luzira prison, interdicted former Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Local Government.

In their judgement, three Court of Appeal justices have ordered Kashaka to serve the 10 years and 10 days handed to him earlier by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire over the LC1 bicycle scam.

The judgement was in regard to an appeal in which interdicted Ministry of Local Government officials including; permanent secretary John Kashaka Muhanguzi and Principal Accountant Henry Bamutura  challenged their jail sentences for causing financial loss to government in a 2011 LC1 bicycle scam.

It has been delivered by justices; Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Cheborion Barishaki.

All the 5 suspects were out on bail since 2014 whereas one of them Robert Richard Mwebaze; a former  principle procurement officer in the ministry has since died while awaiting judgement on his appeal.

The appellants were in 2016 convicted by then Anti-corruption court judge Catherine Bamugemereire for corruption and causing government a financial loss of Shs4.6 billion in a shoddy deal of procuring  70,000 bicycles to be distributed to LC1 officials ahead of the 2011 presidential polls.

They were each sentenced to serve imprisonment terms ranging from one year to 13 years with orders for each to make good of the loss by paying Shs600 million to government.

The 6 men were also banned from holding public officers for a period of ten years.