Uganda’s Constitutional Court has dismissed the charges against three gov’t Ministers in connection with CHOGM Meeting 2007.

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Kampala, UGANDA-Thursday morning the Constitutional Court dismissed the charges of abuse of office against Ministers Sam Kutesa, John Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana, who were in December 2011 taken to the Anti-Corruption Court by the Inspectorate of Government, in connection with Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2007.

The Inspector General of Government alleges that the ministers purporting to act on behalf of the CHOGM Sub Committee irregularly committed government to fund the construction cost of drive ways parking areas and marina at Speke Resort Munyonyo, construction works that cost Shs14,008,138,092 well knowing or having reason

The trio,  Kutesa (Foreign Affairs), Nasasira (Government Chief Whip) and Rukutana (Labour) had gone to the Constitutional Court, to question the mandate of the IGG, Raphael Baku, to prosecute them.

They three government officials also questioned the mandate of the Magistrate’s court in cancelling bail, ‘merely because one is committed to the High Court for trial.’

The Court has this morning dismissed the charges against them and also quashed the practice by the magistrate court to cancel suspects bail, on committal to High Court for Trial.

Mr Kutesa, Mr Nasasira and Mr Rukutana, all senior members of the ruling National Resistance Movement, were in December last year charged with abuse of office and causing financial loss of Shs14 billion tender for refurbish Speke Resort Munyonyo, ahead of Chogm. They however deny the charges.

Prosecution led by the Head of Legal Affairs at the Inspectorate of Government, Mr Sydney Asubo alleges that on December 17, 2005 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, the three irregularly convened a consultative cabinet subcommittee meeting and decided that government would fully fund the construction of drive ways, parking areas, and, marina at Munyonyo which decisions they did not have mandate to make.

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