October 20, 2021

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Ex-minister Mbayo summoned over Shs3bn embezzlement

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The Criminal Investigations Directorate of Uganda Police has summoned Esther Mbayo Mbulakubuza the former Minister for Presidency for questioning over alleged embezzlement of funds meant for the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation.

The former minister on Wednesday told parliament that the right of members of Parliament must be respected.

Mbayo said that she was summoned by an officer at the CID, but she told the officer that she should be summoned through the Speaker.

The officer said that this was an old practice that used to happen and now this has changed.

“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement and causing financial loss of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation where you were the supervisor of the said corporation from 2019 to 2021,” reads the summons dated September, 13, 2021.

Mbayo is being investigated by the Economic Crimes and Financial Intelligence unit of the Criminal Investigations Division.

UPPC Managing Director Dr Tom Wasswa, and the board of the organization were recently suspended for embezzling Shs3bn.

Police has since recovered shs600m from a government office.

Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation which was under Mbayo’s ministry.

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