HON.KABAFUZANKI'S POLITICAL AID BACK TRACKS ON HIS EARLIER PLEA, NOW PLEADS NOT GUILTY

HON.KABAFUZANKI’S POLITICAL AID BACK TRACKS ON HIS EARLIER PLEA, NOW PLEADS NOT GUILTY

By Edwin Muhumuza

Drama has erupted this morning in the Anti-corruption court after Hon.Kabafunzaki’s political assistant Brian Mugabo back tracked on his earlier admission of having hid the five million shillings which the state minister is alleged to have received from the Proprietor of Aya group of companies.

Mugabo had returned today before chief magistrate Agnes Alum to be sentenced after he was convicted on his own plea however state prosecutor Kawuma Helene informed court that Mugabo had changed his mind on his plea on grounds that he did not understand the questions he pleaded guilty too.

The prosecutor has now charged Mugabo alongside Hon.Kabafuzanki and a one Bruce Lubowa with two counts of conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe.

He has also denied the charges. Last week told court that he was ready to become state witness so that he can pin the state minister over the charges of conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe from Mohammad Hamid the proprietor of the Aya group of companies.

He there for asked court to give him a lesser sentence to testify against the state minister.

Mugabo pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the commission of an offense.

He informed court   that he hid the envelope behind one of the curtains at Serena hotel containing the 5 million shillings which   the minister had allegedly accepted as a bribe.

He further told court that this came up after police detectives were searching the minister and asking him to reveal the alleged bribe which the minister has since denied ever receiving.

However the police used CCTV cameras to track the money.

The minister who was granted a five million cash bail will also return to court tomorrow for mention of his case together with Bruce Lubowa another suspect who was also denied bail.

Prosecution states  that between the 6th and the 8th April 20217 at Serena Hotel in Kampala district, Kabafunzaki directly solicited and accepted  a 5 million shillings Bribe from an Indian Investor Muhammed Muhammed Hamid,  the chairman Aya group of companies as an inducement to clear him of sexual harassment allegations levied against him by his former employee.

 

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