12 December 2011

Uganda: Minister Kabakumba Ordered to Resign

Kampala — Embattled minister Kabakumba Masiko is resigning to day after fellow party legislators advised her to do so.

The decision to ask Ms Masiko resign came at an NRM caucus meeting in Entebbe yesterday.

"After listening to Ms Kabakumba's statement the members reached a unanimous decision that she resigns," said Mr David Bahati, the caucus vice chairperson.

Ms Kabakumba becomes the minister in Museveni's government to be forced into resignation due to bribery allegations, since the sixth parliament. But she is the fourth minister in the current cabinet to leave office due to bribery allegations.

The others are Foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa, The government Chief Whip John Nasasira, and Junior labour Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana who all stepped aside from their portfolio's to allow investigations into their cases.

The minister is accused of using her influence as the minister for informational and national guidance, to acquire radio equipment belonging to UBC, a government entity.

It is alleged that the minister's radio in Masindi, King Fm has been illegally using UBCs mast to transmit.


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