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Former Minister Kabafunzaki convicted over corruption, barred 10 years from public service

Former Minister Herbert Kabafunzaki (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Anti-corruption court in Kololo has Thursday convicted former minister Herbert Kabafunzaki on corruption charges and barred him from holding any public for the next 10 years.

Kabafunzaki, who is the former minister of state for Labour will also to pay a fine of Shs10 million, failure of which he has to serve three years in prison.

The former Rukiga County Member of Parliament was on Thursday October 8, charged with two counts of corruption contrary to section 2 (a) and 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 and one count of conspiracy contrary to section 390 of the penal code Act.

Kabafunzaki was arrested on April 8, 2017 together with two other Officials who include; Mr Brian Mugabo, his political assistant, and Mr Bruce Lubowa, an interior designer in Wakiso District.

Prosecution alleges that on April 8, 2017, while performing his duties as minister at Kampala Serena Hotel, Kabafunzaki directly solicited Shs15m from Mr Hamid as a gratification for clearing his name from allegations of sexual harassment.

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In the court count two of corruption, state alleges that on the same day, the minister directly accepted Shs5m as a gratification from Hamid.

In the third count of conspiracy to commit a felony, the State said between April 6 and 8, 2017, Mr Kabafunzaki conspired with Mr Lubowa to solicit a gratification of Shs15m from Hamid.

Mr Mugabo separately, faces a single charge of being an accessory after fact.

Additional Reporting by Daily Monitor

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