By Sania Babirye
High court judge Margret Tibulya has been assigned to hear the corruption case against State Minister for labor Herbert Kabafunzaki and two others.
These are charged with two counts of conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe from the Proprietor of Aya group of companies Mohammad Hamid.
On the 28th of June Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum committed Kabafuzanki alongside his political aid Mugabo Brian and a relative Lubowa Bruce for trial in the high court.
This is after state prosecutor Barbara Kawuma informed court that the DPP had opted for the the three to be tried by a judge saying a judge was in better position to try the case due due to the circumustances of how the case was commited and the people involved it.
Anti corruption court Deputy Registrar Susan Kanyange has set the 18th of July as the date when hearing of the case will commence and ordered Kabafunzaki
together and his co accused to appear in court for trial
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 inducument to clear him of sexual harrasment allegations levied against him by his former employee.
Some of the evidence that the DPP intends to adduce before court include a CCTV footage from Serena hotel that shows the interaction where the minister received the alleged five million bribe in a khaki brown envelope from the Aya boss and later giving it to his political assistant for counting who later hid the money behind the curtains when police came to arrest them.