Min. Kabafunzaki Released On Bail

Min. Kabafunzaki Released On Bail

State Minister for Labour, Employments and Industry Herbert Kabafunzaki has today been granted bail by the Anti-corruption court in Kampala.

Kabafunzaki who is also the Rukiga county Member of Parliament was arrested on Saturday over allegations of soliciting a bribe from AYA Group tycoon Mohammed Hamid.

He was this morning granted cash bail of Shs5m by Anti-corruption court Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum.

Kabafunzaki was paraded before the anti-corruption Court yesterday and charged on two counts of corruption for soliciting a Shs.15M bribe and directly accepting 5M bribe from Mohammed Hamid.

He was remanded to Luzira prison from where he was returned to court today to receive a ruling on his bail application.

Kabafunzaki is charged with his accomplices Brian Mugabo and Bruce Lubowa  with corruption contrary to Section 2(a) and Section 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009, and conspiracy to commit corruption contrary to Section 390 of the Penal Code Act.

According to the charge sheet, under count one, prosecution alleges that on April 8 at Kampala Serena Hotel, while in performance of his duties as the minister, Kabafunzaki directly solicited for himself Shs15m as gratification from Hamid in exchange for clearing his name from allegations of sexual harassment filed by a former employee identified as Jamila Opondo.

In count two,  it is alleged that  on the same day, Kabafunzaki directly accepted Shs5M as gratification from Hamid in exchange for clearing his name. In the third count of conspiracy to commit a felony, the State said between April 6 and April 8, Kabafunzaki allegedly conspired with Lubowa to solicit a gratification of Shs15m from Hamid for purposes of clearing his name.

The case was adjourned to a date that will be communicated by court as investigations continue.

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