Opposition MP’s demand Sam Kuteesa explains alleged bribe case

By Moses Ndhaye:

Opposition Members of parliament have asked foreign Affairs minister Sam Kuteesa to explain to parliament the alleged bribe case against him.

The minister was named in US court documents as having allegedly received a $500, 000 (about Shs1.8 billion) bribe to help a Chinese energy company secure business advantages in Uganda, including the potential acquisition of a Ugandan bank.

The matter was raised by the Member of Parliament for Ntungamo municipality Gerald karuhanga during a session chaired by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

Karuhanga was supported by Lwemiyaga county mp Theodore Ssekikubo calling for minister sam kutesa to make a personal statement over this report to clear his name.

However the deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana blocked karuhanga’s plea on ground that his assertion on Kuteesa was not based on formal official documents but only media reports which cannot move parliament to make a decision on the matter.

The speaker ruled that she would look at all the documents on this case before giving her final ruling.