We want Kutesa to step down-Ssekikubo

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Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo has suggested that parliament forces Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kutesa, to step down in the face of endless scandals.

Ssekikubo demanded that government explains allegations that Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa received a $500,000 bribe from Chi Ping Patrick (of Hong Kong), who was convicted in the US for participating in a scheme to bribe top Chad/Ugandan officials.

“The image of the country is in question because of the corruption allegations to the Hon. Sam Kutesa,” Ssekikubo told Tuesday plenary presided over by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

“Can we therefore as parliament ask the Minister to step down,” he suggested.

He wants Kutesa to step aside as investigations are launched into the matter.

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Speaking to press Monday evening, President Museveni said he had questioned Kutesa over the Shs1.8bn bribe handed to him by a Chinese businessman, Patrick Ho Chin-ping.

Museveni who had just launched an anti-corruption unit said he told Kutesa to go to the Auditor General and explain whether the money was for a charity cause or a bribe.

Appearing on NBS TV “morning breeze” programme, Godber Tumushabe, a human rights activist and lawyer, said it is ridiculous for the president to say he has asked Kutesa to go to the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] and explain himself.

Sydney Asubo, the Financial Intelligence Authority executive director, said the Anti-corruption unit Museveni launched is intended to connect the president direct to the population.

It is a mechanism through with the public can directly reach the president. It is not to carry out investigations, he noted.

According to Asubo, the Anti-corruption unit is just an added layer to the fight against corruption in the country.

Host: Don’t you think you are many agencies involved in the fight against corruption?

Asubo: We are not many. We are just about right.

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