Herbert Kabafunzaki, the suspended State Minister for Labour, Employment & Industrial Relations, Tuesday appeared at Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges.
The Rukiga district legislator with his aides Brian Mugabo and a one Bruce Lubowa was arrested early this year for soliciting a Shs15m bribe from Aya Group chairman in order to help the latter receive media publicity clearing him of the sexual harassment allegations that had been brought against him by his former female employee at Hilton Hotel.
The charges were read out to Kabafunzaki together with his two aides by the Anti-Corruption Court judge Margaret Tibulya who has been assigned the case.
The judge has set August 10, as the date when the hearing of the case is slated to start due to absence of prosecutors in court.
Kabafunzaki is jointly charged with Brian Mugabo, his political assistant and Bruce Lubowa, an interior designer from Wakiso District.
He faces two counts of corruption and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony at High Court’s Anti-Corruption Court where he was referred by the lower magistrate’s court about a fortnight agao.
Prosecution states that Kabafunzaki committed the offence on April 6, at Aya Hotel in Kampala.
As soon as the alleged bribe was given to Kabafunzaki’s aide, undercover police detectives grabbed the minister.