Members of parliament are divided on how to handle the case of Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa who has been accused of taking bribes worth a$500,000 bribe from a Chinese company.
The divisions within law makers and governments comes after president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni publicly spoke of the recent US court ruling which convicted former Hong Kong home affairs minister, Patrick Ho Chi-ping for bribing Sam Kutesa with $500,000 and offering $2m to Chad’s President Idriss Deby.
President Museveni on Monday stated that he had directed the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, to probe the matter.
However, members of parliament including Theodore Ssekikubo (Rwemiyaga County), Medard Sseggona (Busiro East) and Paul Mwiru(Jinja East) said the talks of investigating Kutesa by the Attorney General is hot air because president Museveni have also been implicated in the case.
“This case involves Kutesa and the President. The President is instructing his appointee (AG) to conduct investigations which might lead to himself. It’s better for Parliament to investigate this matter,” Mwiru said.
Ssekikubo had called on the government to issue statement on the floor of the parliament over the issue urging that the allegations against the two leaders are very crucial to the country.
“The matter concerning Kutesa does not involve and end with him as an individual. It is a matter that has sullied the name of Uganda and its important that Government issues a statement on the same,” Ssekikubo, who has had numerous political face offs with Kutesa, said.
He added that former minister of labour Herbert Kabafunzaki was in 2017 forced to step aside pending investigations over the allegations of soliciting for bribes from an investor. Ssekikubo called for Kutesa to follow suit by citing what he called “following set precedent”.