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Ugandan Minister Jailed Over Bribery

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Uganda’s Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial relations Herbert Kabafunzaki has been charged before the Anti-Corruption Court with three counts that include corruption and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The Rukiga County MP appeared before  Chief Magistrate  Agnes Alum  jointly with his political assistant Brian Mugabo and an interior designer Bruce Lubowa.

Kabafunzaki and Lubowa denied the offence, but Mugabo admitted having hidden sh5 million that hetold court he knew had been accepted by the minister as a bribe – so that Kabafunzaki escapes punishment.

The incident in this case is said by the prosecution to have happened at Serena Hotel in Kampala on April 8 2017, where the trio went after reportedly receiving a call from the complainant in a sex allegation investigation, Mohammed Hami, who is an investor and the chairperson of AYA Group.

Prosecution alleges that the minister conspired with Lubowa to solicit for a  bribe of sh15 million between April 6-8 in Kampala and accepted to receive sh 5m million on the fateful date.

Its further alleged that the bribe was to clear Mohammed Hamid from allegations of sexual harassment  by his former employee.

They have now been remanded to prison till Wednesday when the court will make a ruling on whether to grant the minister bail.

Prosecution’s Maxim Erizooba objected to the minister’s release on bail saying investigations into the matter are not complete and there is a high likelihood that he will interfere with witnesses, as well as abscond trial due to the overwhelming evidence.

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