The Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda: Nasasira Hands Over NRM Office to Bahati

Two days after stepping aside from the Cabinet until the anti-corruption court rules on his alleged involvement in causing government a Shs14b financial loss during Chogm, Government Chief Whip John Nasasira has handed over office to his deputy David Bahati (Ndorwa East).

"I have also stepped aside as chairman of the caucus, and David [Bahati] will chair the caucus until court clears me," Mr Nasasira said on Friday.

Prudent move

Mr Nasasira, together with his two senior colleagues Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs Minister) and Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana (Labour Minister) stepped aside from their Cabinet positions, saying it was a prudent thing to do as he awaits court ruling.

The Inspectorate Chief Prosecution, led by Mr Sydney Asubo , alleges that on December 17, 2005, the three ministers while performing their duties did in abuse of authority of their offices and causing a financial loss.

IGG investigations conclude that the trio irregularly convened a consultative Cabinet meeting and decided that the government would fully fund the construction cost of driveways, parking areas and marina at Speke Resort Munyonyo Hotel, a decision that reportedly led to the Shs14 billion loss to the government.

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