President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has grilled his State Minister for Finance in charge of Planning Hon David Bahati over corruption allegations.
Sources within state house has told this website that, the president invited the minister to the state house to explain himself over corruption-related allegations regarding the appointment of Executive Director of Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
The sources further told us that, Bahati who is also Ndorwa East member of parliament tried to malign Dr. Chris Ndatira in favour of the former Acting ED Mrs Imelda Atai Musana as the former emerged as the best candidate for the position.
It further claimed that, Bahati reportedly asked Dr. Mukiza to give Shs30m to an unnamed individual at Serena Lakes Restaurant on March 23. Sensing a possible set up, Dr. Mukiza found solace in members of the UBOS board and other high profile people who brought the matter to the attention of the president.
President Yoweri Museveni reportedly picked interest in the matter as Bahati had also addressed a letter to him blackmailing Dr. Mukiza, a Mufumbira as a possible enemy of the state given the diplomatic rift between Uganda and Rwanda.
Our source in State House who preferred anonymity stated that Hon. Bahati alleged that Dr. Mukiza would not be a wise choice for the post, claiming that he is a Munyarwanda who could be used by foreign anti-government forces.
Furthermore, it is alleged that Bahati favoured Mrs Imelda Atai Musana because ‘she was his partner in crime’.
Speaking to info256, a number of members of staff at UBOS who asked to remain anonymous intimated that they have been rendered idle saying; “We have been idle in the third quarter because there was no money for any activity yet MOF released the money. Hon. Bahati and Atai ‘shared’ the entire budget about Shs44bn”.
Info256 could not independently verify this allegations and the minister could not be reached as all his known phone were unreachable.