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Kadaga blocks MPs' probe into Kutesa's bribery claims

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected a proposal by some MP to direct Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa to make a statement over bribery claims against him. 

According to details of a criminal bribery case being prosecuted in the United States, Kutesa allegedly received a $500,000 bribe to help a Chinese firm obtain business advantages in the energy and banking sectors including potential acquisition of a Ugandan bank while serving as president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga on Tuesday this week raised a matter of national importance asking that Parliament through the speaker summons Kutesa to explain to the country the role he played in that bribery case to help a Chinese energy company to get unlicensed oil blocks in Uganda.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

But Kadaga instead told the MPs to refer that issue to Financial Intelligence Authority. 

“Lodge a complaint as a concerned citizen. If the offence was committed here, I would have no problem. But I have no control over another jurisdiction,’ Kadaga said.
“Are you now going to interrogate the state attorney in New York, really?” she added.

Although Karuhanga had also requested that Kutesa be investigated and brought to book as per Parliament Rules of Procedure, Kadaga said it would be immature for Parliament to indulge into the merits of the case since the laws of Uganda and those of USA differ.

"It is still premature at this stage to commence investigations because we don't know whether he is going to be a witness in the case, let us wait for the outcomes of the proceedings in the New York court," Kadaga said.

She however said that she would go through the documents availed before Parliament and later make her final ruling on the matter.

"The charge sheet tabled by Hon. Karuhanga relates to the two persons that I have named but the honourable Sam Kutesa is not charged, I have established that the alleged persons were arrested and are being tried in the USA judicial service system," Kadaga said.

But Karuhanga argued that Parliament needed to direct Kutesa to resign besides setting up a special committee to investigate the bribery allegations.

“It would be prudent to allow an impartial free and fair investigation without any influence by Kutesa utilising his position as minister to curtail any effective investigation."

Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo also argued it was necessary to give Kutesa opportunity to explain himself.

“They didn’t give an opportunity to the minister himself to get on record and if it was irrelevant as my colleague want us to believe, there is no way the foreign affairs would have been prompted to make denials,” Ssekikubo said.

“At the end of the day honourable members you should know that it’s not honourable Sam Kutesa at trial but it’s Uganda at trial,” he added.

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+2 #1 magotfuli 2017-12-15 02:12
Can a rat investigate which rat stole ground nuts if a cat asked him to carry out that investigation?

The answer will always be consistently no!
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+5 #2 kirya 2017-12-15 04:32
The most useless woman in Uganda . The little dollars they paid is not worthy our image.

Kuteesa is what he is no matter how much he is protected!!
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+2 #3 Lakwena 2017-12-15 10:27
In other words, what will Ugandans ever be proud of?

We are known for all the wrong things: corruption, violation of human rights, dictatorship, waste, etc.

And Kadaga does not see that Kuteesa's international wrongdoing and scandal, paints Uganda black, hence a national disgrace.

No wonder Kuteesa is quiet like a cornered mouse, and the Okello Oryem and Kadaga of this country are his spokesperson.
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+2 #4 Remase 2017-12-15 19:10
"Kadaga blocks MPs' probe into Kutesa's bribery claims." Kadaga has been and always will be in bed with the corrupt and this govt. It is all about greed.

Kadaga will not allow anything that has to do with exposing corruption. Kadaga clearly knows what Kutesa is and understands the need for Kutesa to explain the $ 500,000.00 that was given to by the Chinese!

How could she ask, “Are you now going to interrogate the state attorney in New York, really?” she added. Do we need to intrerroge the state attorney in New York?

Kutesa has already admitted that that he received that money. He said that it was for his NGO! Therefore let him appear before parliament and explain everything including but not limited the accountability of that money. Kadaga, give me a break!
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0 #5 WADADA rogers 2017-12-16 14:55
My friend, dont rush to blame Kadaga, some people are untouchable, Kutesa is one of them.

The man has been involved in every scandal but is always left to go off the hook. Why do you think he has been Minister of foreign affairs for ever
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0 #6 Zaitun 2017-12-16 18:25
Birds of the same feather fly together.

How can you ask a baboon to yell against its own brother for stealing a poor man's banana?

Of all people, Kdaga on whom Ugandans counted for being some how clean! You have tarnished your image, poor Kadaga, for defending the undefendable.

You will get the real fire on your neck the day Ugandans will get out of control.
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0 #7 rubangakene 2017-12-16 21:38
This Parliament has probed this man before and found that he is 'up to his neck in muck'.

What else is there to probe; the truth will out sooner or later. As you very well know, those FBI 'hunters' are on his case.

These anorak men with tea flasks, binoculars and hidden gadgetry are watching, listening/eavesdropping on him 24 hours a day.

And when they have built a 'solid case', oh dear, oh dear, you wish you were not born. Remember the case of the case of Mike Rich who was accused of dealing with the enemy secretly selling oil on behalf of Iran?

Well this man was convicted and heavily sentenced in absentia. Even when President Clinton 'forgave' him he dared not set foot in America again for fear of the FBI; he died in exile.

Does the name Roman Polanski ring a bell? Oh yes, he fears that dreaded 'Alcatraz'!
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0 #8 Lysol 2017-12-17 01:36
Kutesa and co should know better that, you never run from the long arm of the US justice system, however long it takes.

You will always be held accountable.
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