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Fighting Corruption is Now an Open War - Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni defended governments slow response to previous corruption cases saying the vice has become complex with educated people in public offices making it almost impossible to pin them without evidence.
Museveni while adressing Journalists in Mayuge
President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the arrest of his Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations Herbert Kabafunzaki is just a taste of what is yet to come in the fight against corruption. He vowed that all people involved in corruption will be exposed and dealt with according to the law.

The President was addressing journalists from the ten districts of Busoga as he wrapped up his three-day community mobilization tour of Mayuge district where he also commissioned a new State Lodge and a Presidential Demonstration Farm in Kityerela Sub County.

He defended governments slow response to previous corruption cases saying the vice has become complex with educated people in public offices making it almost impossible to pin them without evidence.

“Now we have started to open a war against them, those who have been arrested are ‘a taste of what is to come'; you will see what comes next,” Museveni said.

His comments came barely a week after labour Minister Hebert Kabafunzaki was arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from Hamid Muhammed, the proprietor of AYA Group of Companies. The Rukiga County MP, alongside his personal assistant Brian Mugabo and an interior designer Bruce Lubowa, was subsequently charged with two counts of corruption  and one count of conspiracy. 

Prosecution alleges that on April 8, while at Kampala Serena Hotel, Kabafunzaki directly solicited for a bribe of 15 million Shillings in exchange for clearing the image of Hamid Muhammed, the proprietor of AYA Group of Companies from allegations of sexual harassment lodged against him by his former employee at the Nakasero based Hilton Hotel.

Two of the accused persons; Kabafunzaki and Lubowa denied the offence. However, Mugabo pleaded guilty and admitted to hiding a bribe of 5 million Shillings on behalf of the minister.  He says his action was to protect the minister from punishment. But Kabafunzaki denied the allegations.

The Ministers arrest came less than a month after the arrest of John Charles Ogol, a principal finance officer, and Geoffrey Turyamuhika, a senior economist with the Ministry of Finance for equally soliciting for allegedly receiving a bribe of USD 300,000 (1.07 billion Shillings) from an investor.

The suspects were reportedly arrested on the orders of President Museveni upon numerous complaints from Guagzhou Dongsough Energy (U) Ltd, a company undertaking the construction of a power sub-station and transmission line of Osukuru Phosphate Project in Tororo District.

The money was reportedly meant to facilitate the officials to expedite the documentation on financing the project.

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