Mafabi petitions World Bank, White House over age limit bribes

Nandala Mafabi

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] secretary general, Nandala Mafabi, is in final stages of petition the World Bank to halt all funding to Uganda.

He alleges that the ruling government is misusing the global bank’s money [loans] to bribe National Resistance Movement [NRM] MPs to pass the age limit bill.

The Inspector General of Government [IGG] Irene Mulyagonja, said she had kick-started investigations to establish whether or not some members of parliament were given bribes to push for the remove presidential age limit from the constitution.

This followed a petition by Jobless Brotherhood pressure group who accuse NRM MPs of receiving a Shs800m bribe to support the amendment of Article 102(b) of the constitution.

The accused MPs are; Hon Peter Ogwang (Usuk County), Evelyn Anite (Koboko Municipality), Ibrahim Abiriga (Arua) Semeo Nsubuga (Kasanda) as well as Hon Rosemary Seninde (Wakiso).

Mulyagonja while meeting the youths in her office in Kampala, promised to allocate a team to investigate the accused MPs’ bank accounts and earnings.

Appearing on NBS TV Tuesday, Mafabi said he would also petition White House over donor money given to Uganda but not used for right purpose.

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

“I’m told members have been given money. You have seen an email from Lumumba of a budget of UGX162bn,” Mafabi said.

He was referring to a leaked email in which the NRM secretary general, Justine Kasule Lumumba, chronicles plans to fund the lifting of the age limit clause and making Yoweri Museveni a life president.

The email was allegedly sent to Crispus Walter Kiyonga, former minister of Defence and current Ugandan ambassador to China to Lumumba.

Copied in the mail Museveni’s political affairs assistant, David Mafabi. The mail shows plans how NRM would raise Shs162bn for its members to popularise age limit bill while opposition would be given Shs1bn.

The money would be raised by making quarterly reductions in Tourism, Operation Wealth Creation [OWC], Health and Disaster Preparedness ministries, among others.

Each NRM member would be paid Shs500m to spearhead the campaign according to the mail which quotes David Bahati, the State Minister of Finance for Planning and Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] commissioner general, Doris Akol.

The email denounces Americans and non-governmental organisations for funding anti-age limit protests. It cites Eng Godfrey Mutabazi [executive director of Uganda Communications Commissions –UCC] and Mafabi as being in charge of the media strategy to neutralise opposition with a “media blackout”.

According to Mafabi, instead of the money to develop infrastructure and do other better things, “this money is used to bribe people”.

“I want to meet officials of World Bank and tell them that the money they send is being stolen by Museveni,” he said.