Bumba and Makubuya given ultimatum to Resign

Members of parliament have asked ministers Syda Bumba and Khiddu Makubuya an ultimatum to resign or risk being censured of the controversial compensations to businessman Hassan Bassajjabalaba.
Members of parliament have given ministers Syda Bumba and Khiddu Makubuya an ultimatum of one week to resign or risk being censured over the controversial compensation to businessman Hassan Bassajjabalaba.  The two ministers are accused of awarding Bassajjalaba more then shillings 160 billion in compensation for his alleged loss of business after government cancelled his tenders to manage city markets.



The threat by the MPs follows a meeting on Wednesday between President Yoweri Museveni and Public Accounts Committee of parliament in which he denied authorizing the compensation. Basajjabalaba was compensated during the tenure of Syda Bumba as finance minister and Khiddu Makubuya as attorney general. In the meeting, Museveni told the legislators that while he supported the compensation he did not direct on how much should be offered to Bassajjabalaba.

Museveni told the committee to hold Bumba, Makubuya and Tumusiime Mutebile, governor of Bank of Uganda accountable for the compensation. Now, MPs have given the implicated ministers an ultimatum of up to January 02 to resign of be censured. They are Peter Ogwang, Eastern youth MP, William Nzoghu, Mugabi Muzaale.

The MPs argue that despite the fact that parliament is on recess and set to resume in February this will spearhead a censure motion against the two ministers unless they voluntarily resign their offices. The legislators also want Bumba and Makubuya to refund all the money that was paid out to Bassajjalaba and report themselves to police for further investigations. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the leader of opposition has backed calls for the ministers to resign just like the presidency minister Kabakumba Masiko did.

Nandala says all minister facing allegations of corruption including Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Hilary Onek, Energy minister and information minister Rosemary Karoro Okurut should resign. The implicated ministers have not yet commented on the matter because none of them could not be reached for comment.