Bukenya to appear at constitutional court

Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya is today expected to appear before the Constitutional Court, as he kick starts the journey, challenging his trial before the Anti Corruption Court.

The Deputy Chief Justice Alice Bahigeine Mpagi is today expected to hear Bukenya’s application for a temporary injunction, halting the trial.

Prof. Bukenya is currently being prosecuted on alleged charges of abuse of office arising from procurement deals for vehicles and motor bikes, ahead of the 2007 Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting.

He is accused of ordering direct procurement of BMW cars from Motor Care Uganda Limited in an alleged hijack of the procurement process by stopping international bidding causing the government a 6 billion shillings loss

In the petition filed yesterday, Prof. Bukenya says the decisions taken by the CHOGM Cabinet sub-committee which he chaired, were collective and not taken at individual level.

He argues that the office of the Vice President is not independent and that he can’t be prosecuted for acting on behalf of the President.

Story by Ruth Anderah