MPs ask Muhoozi father-in-law Kutesa to resign

The son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba (L) and his wife Charlotte Kutesa Kainerugaba (R) attend a ceremony in which Kainerugaba is promoted from Brigadier to Major General

A section of Members of Parliament have asked the Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, to resign from his office.

Kutesa was paid a $500,000 bribe, according to an indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice indictment.

Two individuals, Chi Ping Patrick Ho (front man for a Chinese oil company) and Cheihk Tidiane Gadio, Senegal’s former foreign minister, have been arrested in the alleged scheme.

Gadio allegedly was an intermediary for Ho with Chad’s President Idriss Debby, who was offered $2 million.

The Chinese oil company wanted favourable concessions in the oil/energy sector in Chad and in oil/energy and banking in Uganda, allegedly.

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A joint venture was also to be formed and profits shared with companies belonging to the families of President Museveni and his in-law Kutesa, the indictment alleges.

Seven Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday demanded that Kutesa resigns following his unequalled stint of corruption scandals.

In 2010, Kutesa featured in the Shs9 billion questionable contract for 30 cars to be used to transport guests who would attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which Uganda hosted in November 2007.

In 2011, alongside the then Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the then Internal Affairs minister Hilary Onek, Kutesa was accused of receiving bribes from Tullow Oil to advance its interests in Uganda.

“President Museveni and Kutesa should resign and give Ugandans a chance to cleanse their country,” Gerald Karuhanga, Ntungamo Municipality MP, told press.

He added: “Soon, we might hear of arrest warrants probably for our President and Kutesa. They will be fugitives.”

Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo challenged Kutesa to travel to Washington (US) and see if he comes back.

John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County), Nabilah Nagayi (Kampala Woman Representative), Patrick Nsamba (Kassanda North), Monicah Amoding (Kumi Municality), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West) and James Kaberuka (Kinkizi West), all turned guns on Museveni who allegedly also received gifts in Kutesa’s scam.

Kutesa is President Museveni’s brother–in–law; President Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba married Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa, one of Kutesa’s daughters.

Early this month, the Paradise Papers, a reporting project coordinated by the US-based International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ), reported that Kutesa set up two offshore entities Obuyonza Discretionary Trust and Katonga Investments Limited in Seychelles.