Kadaga demands for interim report on Kutesa’s bribe scandal

By Alice Lubwama

The Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga directs Government through the attorney general William Byaruhanga to provide parliament with an interim report into the allegations that foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa received a bribe from Former Hong Kong Home Affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping in order to help him secure business deals in Uganda before parliament closes business on 20th of this month.

This was after Lwemiyaga county MP Theodore Sekikubo raised the matter before parliament and asked the house to take a decision in order to redeem the image of the country since Kutesa received the bribe as the foreign affairs minister of Uganda.

The MP also demanded that Government explains how money moved from Hong kong bank through united states and ended up in Uganda without the financial intelligence agency detecting this financial laundering.

In response the attorney general William Byaruhanga informed parliament how the president had asked him to investigate the matter and will share the findings with parliament in January next year. How ever the mp disagreed with the attorney general on the time frame, saying they needed the report very first.

Kadaga then ordered Byaruhanga to present an interim report before parliament breaks off for a Christmas recess.

On 6th of this month the Former Hong Kong Home Affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping was found guilty by the federal court in USA of offering millions of bribes to several African leaders including Ugandan and Chadian presidents.

According to media reports, its alleged that the total of $500,000 bribe given to Kutesa was in a bid to secure business dealings in railway services, infrastructure construction, fishing, hydro-energy, banking and finance as well as tourism for the Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. Other potential deals for CEFC included;
construction of a Chinatown to boost tourism on land near Victoria and possibly an island.

Inter religious council warns public against corruption

By Wasswa Deo

Inter religious council of Uganda says, Ugandans who are against the lining up behind their local council leaders during forth coming elections, are not faithful and are involved in bribery.

Addressing journalists,  His Eminence, Shaban Mubajje, council president of inter religious council has noted that if somebody takes bribe from any candidate he or she will definitely fear the lining up approach  due to backlash.

He therefore calling up on Ugandans to fully take part in voting exercise by lining up at the back of those candidates whom they feel is worth to lead them

Two finance ministry officials nabbed over corruption claims

Two senior officials in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development have been arrested.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Finance Ministry Spokesperson, Jim Mugunga, says the officials were picked up in a Police operation at the Ministry headquarters this morning in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Mugunga however, falls short of mentioning the names of the officials and what the investigations are about. URN has since learnt that the affected individuals are Michael Ogwal, an Economist and Geoffrey Turyamuhika a Commissioner.

In a message on his official twitter handle, President Yoweri Museveni notes that “I have been briefed by the police about the arrest of two senior officials in the Finance Ministry who were taking bribes from investors.”

Adding that, “I thank the security agencies for acting swiftly. This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo and we shall be harsh on public servants guilty of corruption.”  According to information obtained from Police, the Finance ministry asked the Special Investigations Department to investigate allegations of bribery by some officials.

Police swung into action, which led to the arrest of the two officers.




Medical intern arrested for bribery in Lyatonde

Emmanuel Mujimy, a medical intern attached to Lyantonde Hospital is in trouble for alleged bribery. The Health Committee of parliament apprehended Mujimy on Wednesday evening and handed him to police on accusations of soliciting a bribe from an expectant mother.

Trouble started when the Health Committee visited the hospital on a supervisory and monitoring tour of health service delivery to residents. During the tour, the committee interacted with some of the expectant mothers. One of the expectant mothers told the committee members that she was held behind because she had to clear a balance of Shillings 40,000.

She claimed that she had paid Shillings 60,000 to Mujimy and was left with a balance of Shillings 40,000 before she could be discharged. As a result, the Kasambya county MP, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa called up Mujimy pretending to be the husband of the expectant mother.

“I pretended to be the husband and raised the health worker who told me he would discharge the lady if I pay the balance of Shillings 40,000. I asked him to come for the money and he came running,” said Mbwatekamwa.

On interrogation, Mujimy denied receiving any money from the complainant, saying that he only wanted to meet her husband to explain the condition of his wife, who has an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes.

Mujimy’s explanation didn’t convince the legislators who decided to hand him over to police for further investigations. Another expectant mother, Annet Katushabe, a resident of Nshara Nyakashashara in Kiruhura district also disclosed to the committee that she had spent more than five days at the hospital without receiving any medical attention due to lack of a caretaker, mother Kit and money to pay to Doctors.

”I feel the baby moving up and down, Doctors want me to pay them first and get a caretaker before they can attend to me. I have no relative even my Husband is dead,” Katushabe said while pleading with MPs for help. Mbwatekamwa said that they had discovered that bribery is all over the hospital, adding that they would seek explanation from the Medical Superintendent Dr. Obbo Okoth.

The committee also instructed Amos Mugume, the Administrator Lyantonde hospital to evacuate the expectant mothers from the maternity ward by December 15th because of the surging ceiling, which is almost giving way.

Mugume blamed some of the problems at the hospital on poor funding and lack of sufficient manpower. Pauline Kemirembe, the Lyantonde district woman Member of Parliament, said the hospital was only elevated in name, but still offers services of a sub district hospital.

Dr. Michael Bukenya, the Health Committee Chairperson, says the Lyantonde Hospital management is dysfunction as no doctor was found on duty. He also said the hospital lacks an ultra sound scan machine, which would help in diagnosing complications among the expectant mothers.




MP Kafeero threatens to drag Akol to Court for defamation

Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko, the Nakifuma County MP has given the Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol two days to retract his implicating to a bribery scam.
It comes after Akol addressed the media accusing Ssekitoleko for bribing 27 legislators with Shillings 1 million each and a bag of sugar to support his controversial Constitution Amendment Bill 2016.

The bill seeks to amend sections of the constitution to increase retirement age for judges; give Electoral Commissioners an open-ended term; allow individuals and political parties to challenge the outcome of presidential elections as well as outline the role of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

While addressing the media, Akol claimed that the legislators traveled to Mayuge Sugar Factory under the guise of a trip by the Parliamentary Forum on Food Security, Population and Development, where the payments were made.

However, Kafeero says the allegations are aimed at discrediting his image and quest to table the bill. He says unless Akol retracts his claims, he will drag him to court for defamation.

According to Kafeero, his resolved to push the bill has attracted threats and intimidation from several legislators.

Efforts by URN to get a comment from Mafabi and Mugume were futile. Akol however maintains that he will table evidence before Parliament pinning Ssekitoleko.

The bill has attracted the attention of government. Recently, the Prime Minister; Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said government will review the bill before taking a position.

Kafeero says he has discussed the matter with Dr. Rugunda but insists that he will spearhead the bill and government can make its input in Parliament.