LC1 Bicycles: State Asks Court to Convict Kashaka

The state has asked the Anti Corruption Court to convict interdicted Local Government Permanent Secretary, John Muhanguzi Kashaka, saying it has proved its case against him beyond reasonable doubt.
John Muhanguzi Kashaka the interdicted Local Government Ps
John Muhanguzi Kashaka the interdicted Local Government Ps

The state has asked the Anti Corruption Court to convict interdicted Local Government Permanent Secretary, John Muhanguzi Kashaka, saying it has proved its case against him beyond reasonable doubt.

The request was made today by Principal State Attorney, Ms Jane Abodo and Ms Acio Marion, the state attorney while they made their final submissions in this case before out-going judge, Catherine Bamugemereire.

Abodo described Kashaka as a highly placed government official who had abjectly failed in his duty and should be punished. She urged that Kashaka should not be allowed to escape criminal liability for his gross negligence.

Mr Kashaka is jointly charged with five others and they stand accused of abusing their offices by allegedly signing a final contract with Amman Industrial Tools and Equipment Ltd (Aitel) to deliver 70,000 bicycles meant for LC1 chairpersons without contacting the contracts committee.

Over 4.2 billion shillings was paid to the supply firm (Aitel) but no bicycle was delivered up to date.

Other accused include; Henry Bamutura, Principal Accountant, Robert Mwebaze, a Principal Procurement Officer, Sam Emorut Erongot, an Assistant Commissioner in charge of Policy and Planning, and Timothy Musherure and Adam Aluma, both Members of Evaluation Committee

Mr Kashaka is further blamed for not having followed the procurement rules when he irregularly, made changes in the final contract to have the supply firm be paid 40% of the total money (about Shs4.2bn) upon mere presentation of documents instead of the original plan of full payment upon delivery of the 70,000 bicycles.

Court will convene again on June 26 with the judge expected to sum up the case for the court assessors. The court assessors will then give their opinion before a judgment date can be set.

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