UDN as a part of the Civil Society fraternity against Corruption and misuse of Public funds in Uganda welcomed the Anti-Corruption Court's ruling against former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, John Kashaka Muhanguzi and Principal Accountant Henry Bamutura for their role in awarding a contract to supply 70,000 bicycles to LC officials all over the country to a sham company, Ammam Industrial tools and Equipment Ltd Aitel. The fraudulent contract awarding process subsequently led to a financial loss of over UGX 4billion to the Government.
A ruling by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire ordered the accused to both serve 10 years and 10 days in jail, and each is to refund about sh600m to government, as well as being disqualified from any public service job for a period of 10 years. UDN was joined by two other Anti-Corruption agencies namely; the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda and Transparency International (Uganda) in hailing Government efforts thus far in bringing culrprits of mismanagement of public funds to book in a Press Conference held at the Transparency International offices in Ntinda, Kampala on Sunday, 27th July 2014.
UDN Director of Programmes, Julius Kapwepwe Mishambi(centre), displays a compilation of high-level Corruption cases in Uganda since 2000 during the Press Conference, 27th July 2014.
The Civil Society however called upon more government action in terms of expediting the passing of the Anti-Corruption (Ammendment) Bill 2012 that authorises confiscation of property acquired as a result of corruption, and also asked for a revision of the court order to ask the convicts to refund all the UGX 4bn lost and not merely a fraction.
Proceedings of the Press Conference were featured by several national media houses, including NTV, WBS TV, Record TV, NBS TV, Top TV, the Daily Monitor, The New Vision, Radio One and K FM.