$50m fraud: Fugitive Energy Ministry Boss Spero Byokunda Summoned by Court

By DailyNewsUG

City Hall Magistrate’s court has summoned the Head of Petroleum Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Spero Byokunda to appear and answer charges related to defrauding a Serbian investor of $50 million.

Top Chemist Spero Byokunda

Byokunda is wanted together with businessman, Emmanuel Byamukama to appear in court on November 10 to answer charges of forgery and conspiracy to defraud an investor.

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Kampala. When exploitable crude oil deposits were discovered in 2006 in the Lake Albert region, Uganda began to imagine itself as a new oil Eldorado and hired top new talent such as Chemist Spero Byokunda.

The two are charged alongside five others including; George Byomugabe, a legal officer working with Max at Namwezi village Goma division in Mukono Municipality, John Bosco Mugisha, a teacher, Doreen Mugisha and Barbara Kyobutungi, office attendants at the ministry of Energy, Frank Kiggundu businessman who appeared in court today and denied the charges.

The group is facing charges of forgery and conspiracy to arrange a meeting with a Serbian investor, LJuba Samardzic who wanted to undertake an energy-related project.

George Byomugabe of the Spero Gang

The prosecution contends that during the month of August 2023 in Kampala, Byomugabe with intent to defraud, forged confirmation for the supply of LED-based solar street lights system from the ministry of Energy purporting himself to be the Chairperson of the Special Contracts Committee from the Ministry whereas not.

George Byomugabe leading the captured Squad

It is further alleged that Byomugabe claimed to be employed in public service as chairman special contracts committee and uttered forged documents to the investor confirming the supply of LED-based solar street lights systems where as not.

The Gang in the Dock

Byomugabe and his co-accused persons on Tuesday denied the charges before the grade one magistrate Edgar Karakire and they were remanded until November 10, 2023, on grounds that they failed to bring substantial sureties to stand for them.

The other Spero Gang Membership in chains

The summons were issued following a request by state attorney Mercy Khaidarah Yamangusho who said Byokunda and Byamukama are still at large.



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