The Anti-Corruption Court today has acquitted Ministers Sam Kutesa, John Nasasira & Mwesigwa Rukutana of causing loss of sh14 billion CHOGM funds.
Judge Paul Mugamba delivered his ruling at 9.00am this morning after the prosecution case against Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, for Gender John Nasasira and of Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana closed on November 2, after testimonies of 11 witnesses and a written statement of the twelfth witness.
The lawyers defending the three had asked the Court to dismiss the case for lack of evidence. They submitted that the Inspectorate of Government is only using the Ministers as scapegoats for its perceived failures of technical people in Government.
In his ruling today, Judge Mugamba said prosecution failed to produce any evidence to substantiate the allegations, considering that no minutes were presented to justify that indeed a meeting was held. According to the defence lawyers, all prosecution witnesses including the IGG’s lead investigator on the case, denied knowledge of the Ministers’ wrong doing or any loss occasioned by them.
The IGG’s Director of Legal Affairs, Sydney Asubo, prosecuted the case under direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Dr. Joseph Byamugisha, Didas Nkurunziza and Oscar Kambona defended the ministers.