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Fighting corruption now an open war - Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the arrest of the 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 by his government.

He vowed that all people involved in corruption will be exposed and dealt with according to the law.

The president was addressing journalists from the ten districts of Busoga as he wrapped up 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 government’s 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.

"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 warned.

President Museveni addressing journalists in Mayuge

His comments came barely a week after minister Kabafunzaki was arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from Hamid Muhammed, the proprietor of AYA Group of Companies.

The Rukiga county MP, alongside his personal assistant Brian Mugabo and an interior designer Bruce Lubowa, were subsequently charged with two counts of corruption and one count of conspiracy.

Prosecution alleges that on April 8, while at Kampala Serena hotel, Kabafunzaki directly solicited for a bribe of Shs 15 million in exchange for clearing the image of Hamid of all allegations of sexual harassment lodged against him by his former employee at the Nakasero-based Hilton hotel.

The minister, who, maintains his innocency and claims that he was set up and framed, was yesterday granted a bail by the Anti-Corruption court.

The minister’s arrest came less than 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 also allegedly soliciting and receiving a bribe of $ 300,000 (about Shs 1.07 billion) from Chinese investors.

The suspects were reportedly arrested on the orders of President Museveni upon numerous complaints from Guagzhou Dongsough Energy (U) Ltd, a company undertaking the construction of a power sub-station and transmission line of Osukuru phosphate project in Tororo district.

The money was reportedly meant to facilitate the officials to expedite the documentation on financing the project.

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+1 #1 Coleman 2017-04-13 17:03
Hmmmm...!!Truth be told, who is more corrupt than Mr Leopard himself...????
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0 #2 Skeptoid 2017-04-13 18:03
Wild barks but no bite mr. Prez, 30yrs down the drain while ugandans are continuously being shagged by your own officials, moreover with no lube.

A few arrests here & there are nothing but another game to hoodwink the gullible. Corruption starts from state house & flows down. It's all a sham.
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+2 #3 Wazza 2017-04-13 18:12
Who believes an inch of this rubbish?!!!
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0 #4 Akot 2017-04-13 20:02
[President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the arrest of the minister... is just a taste of what is yet to come in the fight against corruption by his government.]

Museveni,

Now you know Ugandans will never Unite against you, why don't you give us some decency by disolving tribal leaders' posts that you do not need any more & Reform the Republic of Uganda?

This will make you, Museveni, a real president of a country where the people use you to ignore-hate-isolate themselves from one another, yet blame you!

More so, this will bring you back in good standing with USA-Europe because in all this mess you brought upon Uganda by legalising tribalism, you will also be the one to have made it right!

Museveni, you know Ugandans won't fight you if you Reform the Republic!

Museveni, let the outside world start talking-be interested in us again!
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0 #5 Akot 2017-04-13 20:11
Museveni, the future of Uganda, in absence of Unity of Ugandans, leis in your hands!

Uganda must be brought back on world stage & this can only be through Reformation of the Republic of Uganda!

This is even more urgent because Ugandans are at peace working to just let their president go on without interruption: not even the main opposition leader can divert attention of Ugandans from what they want - maintain peace under Museveni & turn backs on any one who want to cause trouble!

Unless of course the president Ugandans want to go on in peace prefers being responsible for tribalism in Uganda, simply because he is not sure of his position & tribalism is the only means for him to hang on!

Then, what pride is there for you, Museveni?
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+1 #6 Kizito 2017-04-13 20:49
Commander in Chief of corruption,of thugs thieves and looters you are the right to fight the battle!!
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+1 #7 Lysol 2017-04-13 20:57
So Museveni now wakes up after 30 plus years of condoning corruption and wants to fight it?

He should start with his own house first, other wise he is calling our bluff.
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+1 #8 A K Mukasa 2017-04-14 01:33
31 years too late. Talk about closing the stable door when the horse has bolted.

It is like trying to tame a malignant cancer that has spread all over your body. All he has been interested in for the last 31 years was consolidating his grip on power.

Now in his twilight years and with no credibility left how will he be able to fight corruption. Museveni has been the most corrupt leader ever to rule Uganda.

Without getting rid of Museveni we cannot get rid of corruption. The pervasive corruption serves to secure his hold on power. He is a malignant stage 4 cancer himself.
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