Uganda reinstates scandal-hit ministers

2012-08-15 22:36
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

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Kampala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday reinstated several corruption-tarnished ministers in a cabinet reshuffle that left most of the major positions unchanged.

Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa returned to his post after stepping down last year when prosecutors filed graft charges against him in connection with a multi-million dollar hotel deal for a 2007 Commonwealth summit in Kampala.

The post had been filled by an acting minister.

A list released by the president's office said that John Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana, who stepped down alongside Kutesa, have been reappointed to cabinet as minister in charge of general duties and junior labour minister respectively.

All three have denied the corruption allegations, and a court in April dismissed charges against the trio due to a legal technicality.
Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement has suffered a string of by-election defeats in recent months.
However, despite reported infighting among the country's political elite, most of the cabinet was left intact.

- SAPA
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