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Former Minister Esther Mbayo summoned over embezzlement, abuse of office

Former Minister of Presidency Mrs. Esther Mbayo is facing charges of embezzlement of funds and abuse of office

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Police has confirmed that former minister for Presidency, Esther Mbulakubuza Mbayo in under investigations relating to embezzlement, abuse of office, and causing financial loss of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation during the time she served as minister in the previous cabinet.

In a letter dated September 13 from Julius Twinomujuni, acting on behalf of the director, criminal investigations, the CID ordered Mbayo to appear at CID headquarters Kibuli on September 15, 2021, before acting Commissioner of Police Economic Crime and Financial intelligence for a statement in respect of the said investigation.

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“The Directorate of Criminal Investigation is investigating allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement and causing financial loss of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation where you were a supervisor of the said corporation from 2019 to 2021,” Twinomujuni noted in the summons received by the Office of the Speaker of Parliament.

Mbayo was thus required to appear at CID headquarters in Kibuli on September 15th, 2021 before Ag. CP Economic Crime and Financial Intelligence for a statement in respect of the said investigation.

The former Minister didn’t report to the CID on grounds that she was out of the country as she revealed yesterday in Parliament during a debate on the rearrest of the opposition legislators Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana.

Mbayo told Parliament that she found it not right for the CID to summon her through a phone call without having gone through the proper procedure of writing to the Office of the Speaker.

“I received a call from the CID and informed them to go through the right procedures, later I received a call from the Speaker on the same who I formed that I was out of the country but would respond once I return,” Mbayo said.

The Speaker Jacob Oulanyah told the house that he advised the CID to issue fresh summons once the Member returns to the country but to date he hasn’t received any new summons.

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