Ministers Kutesa, Nasasira, Rukutana summoned to court

In an unprecedented move, 3 ministers have been summoned to the Anti-corruption Court over alleged misappropriation of CHOGM funds.

Those implicated include foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa, government Chief Whip John Nasasira and Labor state minister Mwesigwa Rukutana.

The charges against Nasasira arise from his previous portfolio as Works minister while Rukutana’s trouble emerge from decision taken while serving as state minister for finance in 2005.

The trio is alleged to have convened an illegal meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo on 17th Dec 2005 and decided that government would fully fund the cost of construction of drive ways, parking areas and a Marina at Speke Resort Munyonyo, a decision for which they had no mandate.

They face two counts of abuse of office and causing financial loss of over 14bn shillings to the government, arising from decisions taken during the said meeting.

They have now been summoned to appear before the Chief Magistrate of the Anti-Corruption Court Irene Akankwasa on 13th October.

This comes just two days after the same court remanded the former vice president Prof. Gilbert Bukenya to Luzira over charges of abuse of office, and for his role in the expenditure of 9.4 billion Shillings during the 2007 Common Wealth Heads of government Meeting.

Story Ruth Anderah