Min. Kabafunzaki Indefinitely Suspended
The State minister for labour, employment and industrial relations, Herbert Kabafunzaki who was last week arrested with two others at Serena hotel for allegedly soliciting a Shs20m bribe from AYA Group tycoon Hamid Mohammed, has been suspended by President Yoweri Museveni.
Ofwono Opondo, the director of the Uganda Media Centre revealed to the press yesterday that Museveni had issued a directive suspending Kabafunzaki from his ministerial office so as to pave way for smooth investigations into the corruption cases he is battling at the Anti-corruption court.
Opondo said that “The suspension starts with immediate effect and is indefinite until the case is disposed of. But this doesn’t mean that he will automatically return to office because that will be the President’s decision.”
Kabafunzaki, who is also the Rukiga county Member of Parliament, was granted cash bail of Shs5m by Anticorruption court Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum on Wednesday, although his co-accused Brian Mugabo and Bruce Lubowa were denied the same on Thursday.
They are charged with two counts of corruption contrary to Section 2(a) and Section 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009, and one count of conspiracy contrary to Section 390 of the Penal Code Act. He is to appear again in court on April 19th,2017 when hearing of his case will resume.