Due to the extraordinary scale of corruption in his Cabinet, President Museveni has come out to describe the Finance ministry as “a ministry of thieves” .
He accused them of failing to verify corruption and he singled out Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija and the Secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi for running the mill.
The president narrated how his men caught the two Finance ministry officials, Mr. Charles Ogol (the principal finance officer) and Mr. Geoffrey Turyamuhika (a senior economist) red-handed pocketing over shs.216M ($60,000) from Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group (U).
The amount was “just a deposit”, the total bribe was believed to be in excess of Shs.15Bn. This money according to sources, was to be shared by at least five officials in the ministries of Finance and Energy.
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According to President Museveni, government officials in the phosphates deal asked the Chinese to give them $1.5m so that they would write to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and waive the stamp duty of $8m.
They also demanded another $3m for connecting electricity to the factory. The Chinese, however, ran to the President through his contacts.
Mr. Don Wanyama, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary, and the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, said fighting thieves has been on but the tempo is being stepped up in the President’s current term dubbed Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo (term for no play).
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