Internal Affairs Minister, Hillary Onek says he is interested in stepping down but that the appointing authority has turned down his suggestions.
Onek does not name the appointing authority he keeps referring to, but notes that he has been blocked from resigning because the accusations of corruption in the Oil sector made against him and two other senior ministers, lack credible evidence.
Onek was two weeks ago accused together with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, of taking bribes from Tullow Oil Uganda to help the company get favorable deals in the lucrative Oil trade in the country. The accusations led to a parliamentary resolution demanding that the three step aside to allow for more independent investigations into their role by a committee of MPs appointed by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
In an interview on Wednesday, Onek said he had met his friends and some advisors from Northern Uganda and his constituents who advised him to yield to the parliamentary resolution and step aside and wait to be cleared by the investigating team. The adhoc committee is to be named later today.
Onek said he is angry and bitter that his reputation and integrity he has taken time to build is being soiled overnight by false allegations of his colleagues. He says he will never forgive his colleagues who have made the allegations of corruption against him, adding that the papers presented by Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga are a forgery.
Karuhanga has already challenged the implicated ministers to wait for the committee and prove their innocence before it. He says he has more evidence to pin the three.
Information and National Guidance minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, who is also the NRM party spokesperson, said the MPs’ resolutions were forwarded to the president and it was in his wisdom to take the final decision. She said that it was not fair for the party to take a position since there was no prima facie evidence to allow for such actions to be taken, except for the individuals to take their own decisions.
Kadaga is currently in a meeting to name the committee members that will for the next three months investigate the allegations and come up with a report to the house.