Former Minister of Works and transport, now minister Without Portfolio Eng Abraham Byandala has been sent to Luzira Prison until August 11, 2015.
Byandala was today arrested with other 5 officials and charged with 24 counts which included abuse office, causing financial loss, theft, influence peddling, obtaining money by false pretense among others.
The others arrested are; Eng. Berunado Ssebbugga Kimeze former Ag. Executive Director, Joe Ssemugooma former Ag Director Finance and Administration, Uganda National Roads Authority, Marvin Baryaruha, former legal Counsel, Uganda National Roads Authority, Apolo Senkeeto alias Kalyesubula Mark, businessman, Mugote Isaac, former Banker, Housing Finance Bank Ltd.
Uganda National Roads Authority top officials faced a multi billion fraud scandal in which a quack US based company Eutaw was handed the road contract without due diligence.
A report by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) pinned Byandala for forcing the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to sign and advance Shs24.7bn payment to a non-existent firm, EUTAW.
It was discovered by the IGG that the EUTAW construction company that won the tender had no relations to the firm in the US that it had used as its parent company.
Eutaw Construction Company won the Shs165b road project, which President Yoweri Museveni launched on July 7 2014.
UNRA cancelled the contract for the 74km Mukono-Katosi road project following orders from the Inspector General of Government who said Eutaw and CICO, a Chinese company subcontracted for the project, colluded to defraud the government of Shs24b in advance payment.
Upon canceling the contract on orders of the IGG, The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) governing board suspended four senior staff, including the then acting executive director, Eng. Ssebugga Kimeze, Director for planning, Eng. David Luyimbazi, Joe Ssemugooma, the director for finance and Marvin Baryaruha, the director for legal.
The Police’s Special Investigations Division (SID) has since interrogated and recorded statements from several UNRA senior staff in connection to the road scam.