Monday February 20 2012

IGG investigates Bbumba, Makubuya

By Mercy Nalugo

The acting Inspector General of Government (IGG) has opened fresh investigations against former ministers Syda Bbumba and Khiddu Makubuya with a view to prosecuting them.

“We have received the Auditor General’s report and that of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and we are studying them,” Mr Raphael Baku said yesterday.

The lawmakers on PAC in their report tabled before Parliament last week recommended that all those implicated in the businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba’s inflated compensation award must be held responsible and that the IGG and CID must take over the investigations and make further recommendations.

“We are doing our investigations with a view to ascertaining whether there is any criminal liability against them after which we shall move to prosecute them,” the IGG said.

Ethics and Integrity minister Simon Lokodo on Friday said Prof. Makubuya (General Duties), also former Attorney General, and Ms Bbumba (Gender), also former Finance minister, have been placed on file for further investigations.

The duo resigned on Thursday.

Lawmakers across the political divide yesterday hailed government’s efforts to have the ministers prosecuted and called for speedy trials.

Buikwe North MP Onyango Kakoba told Daily Monitor at the weekend that those implicated in graft must be prosecuted immediately to send a signal to others who plan to commit the same offence.

Museveni urged
Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga said Parliament has spent a lot in investigating the matter so the Directorate of Public Prosecutions should not waste time.

While Mukono North MP Betty Nambooze said the ministers’ prosecution is long overdue. She warned government against interfering in the investigations.

“Sometimes Parliament recommends and its findings are not taken seriously. This time we are keenly watching and we shall follow up the matter to its logical conclusion,” Ms Nambooze said.

Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo warned against selective prosecution. He cited the case of PM Amama Mbabazi, Internal Affairs minister Hilary Onek and Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, saying the NRM Caucus was called to look into their matter after which they were exonerated yet now the caucus has not been summoned.

The Executive Director of Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, Mr Godber Tumushabe, yesterday asked that Cabinet be trimmed down instead of filling the vacancies left. At least 10 portfolios are vacant in Cabinet.