Uganda lawmakers insist on publishing graft report

2010-05-13 12:01

Ugandan opposition lawmakers today demanded the publication of a

graft report implicating top government officials, two days after they stormed

out of parliament and caused fracas over its delay.

The report, which details the theft of at least $25?million during

Uganda’s hosting of the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, was to be

submitted on Tuesday.

It accuses vice president Gilbert Bukenya, foreign minister Sam

Kutesa, security minister Amama Mbabazi and several other cabinet members of


The opposition’s finance expert, Okello Oduman, said: “We are

absolutely pushing for it to come out today.”

On Tuesday, the acting speaker announced the report would not be

published, sparking a walk-out by opposition lawmakers who later tussled with

police guards and damaged the door while attempting to re-enter the


The fracas prompted the speaker to suspend the session.

Ruling party chief whip Daudi Migereko said the government was not

trying to block the presentation of the report.

However, the report was not presented during yesterday’s session

and the deputy speaker ejected five lawmakers for the previous day’s incident,

insisting that business would not continue until they left.

They refused to oblige and the deputy speaker ordered the

sergeant-at-arms to physically remove them.

When the sergeant-at-arms refused, the session was suspended.

Some opposition figures doubt the ruling party-dominated parliament

will ever take action on the report.

Wafula Oguttu, spokesperson for the opposition Forum for Democratic

Change, said: “The people who are mentioned in the report are some of the most

powerful people in government.

They can’t allow that thing to be tabled in

parliament.” – Sapa-AFP

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