I Declare War against the Corrupt – M7
President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the arrest of his Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations Herbert Kabafunzaki is just a taste of what is yet to come in the fight against corruption.
While addressing journalists in Busoga region, Musveni vowed that all people involved in corruption will be exposed and dealt with according to the law.
“Now we have started to open a war against them, those who have been arrested are ‘a taste of what is to come’; you will see what comes next,” Museveni said.
The President said this as he concluded his three-day community mobilization tour of Mayuge district, where he also commissioned a new State Lodge and a Presidential Demonstration Farm in Kityerela Sub County.
He defended governments slow response to previous corruption cases saying the vice has become complex with educated people in public offices making it almost impossible to pin them without evidence.
His comments came barely a week after labour Minister Hebert Kabafunzaki being arrested for allegedly soliciting a Shs20m bribe from Hamid Muhammed, the proprietor of AYA Group of Companies.
Kabafunazki, who is the Rukiga County legislator, his personal assistant Brian Mugabo and an interior designer Bruce Lubowa, were subsequently charged with two counts of corruption and one count of conspiracy. Kabafunzaki was yesterday granted cash bail of Shs5m and his accomplices remanded till April 19th, 2017, when the case will come up again in court.
Kabafunzaki’s arrest also came barely a month after the arrest of John Charles Ogol, a principal finance officer, and Geoffrey Turyamuhika, a senior economist with the Ministry of Finance for equally soliciting for allegedly receiving a bribe of USD 300,000 about Shs1.07Bn from a Chinese investor.