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Kabakumba resigns, named in land row

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By Mercy Nalugo

Posted  Thursday, December 15  2011 at  00:00

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UBC offers more details to pin Kabakumba in dubious land bonanza.

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Ms Kabakumba Masiko was by yesterday afternoon facing a humbling climb-down when she told the nation that to “err is human,” moments before resigning from Cabinet.

It was the parting shot of the embattled Minister for the Presidency who has been in the eye of the storm over allegations of abuse of office, after police seized UBC broadcast equipment, at her Masindi-based radio station.

However, Ms Masiko, who said her radio had borrowed the equipment temporarily, denied that the UBC radio transmitter and mast were stolen. “To err is human. Even when we still begrudge the manner in which justice may have not been exercised to its logical limit, it’s my humble patriotic duty and in the interest of democracy, my party NRM and indeed my biological family, I will for now give way to allow smooth and unfettered consideration of the controversy in which I find myself in. I therefore resign my current responsibility as Minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital Authority with effect from December 14,” She said.

By the time of her resignation, the minister was already facing immense pressure from her party caucus and Cabinet colleagues who had resolved on Monday that she resigns. The resolution only helped to isolate and expose Ms Masiko to the wrath of a section of MPs who had already collected the required number of signatures to cause her censure.

Sources within Cabinet who asked not to be named in order to talk freely, said Ms Masiko earlier announced her official resignation during a special Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi at the Office of the President and later addressed the press at the parliamentary members’ lounge.

She was in the company of her husband Lt. Col. Henry Masiko, Acting Government Chief Whip David Bahati, Ethics and Integrity minister the Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo and other NRM MPs.
Meanwhile, UBC acting Managing Director Paul Kihiika yesterday pinned Ms Kabakumba as having parceled out plots of land in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb, to individuals at no fee.

“The whole land was measuring about 49 acres and by the time I was appointed, I found the whole land had been sub-divided into different plots of different sizes and disposed of in way of leasing them under the directive of the then Hon. Minister for Information,” Mr Kihiika said.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia