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Chogm: Ministers Committed to High Court

The ministers, Sam Kutesa, for Foreign Affairs, John Nasasira for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister and Mwesigwa Rukutana, the State Minister for Labour, are accused of abuse of office and causing financial loss of 14 billion to government ahead of the 2007 Commonwealth summit.
Three government ministers are now formally set for trial before the Anti-Corruption division of the High Court after being committed by the lower court.

 

The ministers, Sam Kutesa, for Foreign Affairs, John Nasasira for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister and Mwesigwa Rukutana, the State Minister for Labour, are accused of abuse of office and causing financial loss of 14 billion to government ahead of the 2007 Commonwealth summit.

 

Anti Corruption Court chief magistrate Irene Akankwasa signed committal papers on Tuesday.

 

The ministers’ case has since been taken over by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after the Constitutional Court mid this year put a freeze on the Inspectorate of Government from prosecuting the ministers for not being fully constituted.

 

During the committal process, court read out the facts of the matter to the ministers.The ministers were ordered by the magistrate to appear before the deputy registrar of the Anti-Corruption Court on September 27 for further management of the case.

 

According to the DPP, the ministers allegedly defied a presidential directive made on July 25, 2006, where they were ordered to secure shares for government worth 14 billion shillings from Speke Resort Munyonyo. The name of the hotel would later be changed to Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo Limited.

 

The Hotel owned by businessman Sudhir Ruparelia, was among those selected to accommodate the various visiting Presidents and heads of governments who were to attend the Chogm summit.

 

The DPP further states that the ministers purportedly signed a joint venture between government and Speke resort, where they fully pledged that government will fund the construction of drive-ways, parking lots and rehabilitation of mariners for Chogm guests. The DPP argues that the ministers had no powers to do so.

 

The trio, who first stepped down for close to seven months to pave way for investigations into this case, was expected to be committed to the high court on August 2.

However, this was not possible as one of the accused, Sam Kutesa, was reportedly away in India and yet the law requires all the accused persons to be physically present and be committed to the high court at once.

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