The former Makerere University chief security officer, Jackson Mucunguzi said this while testifying in the case in, which Etuusa is standing trial on four counts of abuse of office relating to flouting public procurement laws, regulations, and procedures.
The charges stem from the irregular procurement of private companies to provide services during the 67th graduation ceremony in February 2017. Outstanding was the contract awarded to Exxon Contractors Limited to handle and keep phones and other gadgets during the 67th graduation ceremony.
In his testimony, Mucunguzi, who is currently in charge of curriculum development at police headquarters, noted that although mobile phones and cameras had been banned from the ceremony and the invited guests notified, when many showed up he realized that there was an individual who was soliciting money so as to keep the gadgets.
“There was chaos at the entrance and I went there to clear the mess. When I reached the scene, there was a young man called Yasin who was enticing graduands and other guests to keep their phones. I tried to chase him from the place, but he insisted, saying that he had been contracted to do so,” Mucunguzi told court.
Mucunguzi explained that he took the initiative to confirm the development since the matter hadn’t been discussed in the previous ceremonies committee meeting.
Mucunguzi was the last prosecution witness. Justice Margaret Tibulya has now set August 20 for the prosecution and defence to submit their closing arguments before she delivers her ruling.