Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has rubbished the plans by government to have Artoney General investigate Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa over $500,000 bribery allegations.
Besigye said that the case was supposed to be fully investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headed by Grace Akullo because of the nature of the offence involved.
A US court last Tuesday convicted Patrick Chi-Ping Ho, the former Hong Kong Home Affairs Secretary for allegedly giving bribe of Shs1.9 billion to Mr Kutesa, allegedly on behalf of President Museveni in 2016 in order to get business favours in Uganda.
Besigye says it is unlikely that the process will yield any positive outcome because it is nearly impossible for a minister to investigated by fellow colleague who serves in the same cabinet.
“The problem we have in Uganda is poor leadership; imagine Mr Museveni asking a minister to investigate a colleague Minister Mr Sam Kutesa over bribery instead of directing the criminal investigations department of the police to investigate him. There will be no fairness in the investigations,” he said at the burial of Cellinah Bamusiime Murumba in Bwegyerere Village, Rubanda Town Council in Rubanda District, Kigezi region on Wednesday.
He added that Uganda is facing several issues including poor leadership challenge adding that the case gave Uganda a very bad publicity.
“Our country is not poor but poor leadership is a big problem. During a press conference in Kampala recently, a journalist asked Mr Museveni about Mr Kutesa being implicated bribery case but feared to tell him that his portrait was also paraded in the same court marked as an exhibit of the person that received the money. Everybody in government was keeping quiet about the USA court ruling that implicated Mr Kutesa in the bribery case until a journalist raised it,” Dr Besigye said.
He urged Ugandans to eat all the money government delivers during elections but vote for development like what the people of Rukungiri did during May by-election for the district Woman Member of Parliament.