Minister Kabakumba Resigns

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Presidency minister Kabakumba Masiko has resigned over allegations of using her office to illegally acquire Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC Radio equipment from her station.

Presidency minister Kabakumba Masiko has resigned over allegations of using her office to illegally acquire Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC Radio equipment from her station. Presidency minister Kabakumba Masiko has resigned over the missing Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC Radio equipment that was recovered from her station. She announced her resignation this afternoon in the parliamentary lounge in the presence of her husband Lt Colonel Henry Masiko, head of the patriotism secretariat in the president’s office.


In her resignation statement Kabakumba gave a lengthy preamble of her political carrier. She explained how she joined parliament as Masindi district woman MP in 1996 before daring the male folk and taking over Bujenje county seat in 2001. In what appeared to be veiled attack Kabakumba accused some “conservative elements” she didn’t name of resisting her progressive behavior of advancing affirmative action.
 
 
She didn’t elaborate. David Bahati, the NRM chief whip didn’t allow journalists to ask the former minister any questions. Journalists tried to follow Kabakumba to the parliament canteen in vain but they were shoved off by police. The resignation of Kabakumba follows intensive pressure from parliament to resign her position over the alleged theft of UBC Radio transmitter and mast. Trouble for Kabakumba started last week after police recovered a stolen UBC radio transmitter and Mast from Kings Broadcasting station, which belongs to her.


Kabakumba denied any wrong doing promising to work to cooperate with police to get to the bottom of the matter. Her pleas fell on deaf ears as members of parliament asked her to resign or risk being censured. A group of NRM legislators signed a petition to censure the minister and gave a 24 hours ultimatum to resign her post.  On Monday, both the NRM caucus and cabinet asked Kabakumba to resign.



President Yoweri Museveni blamed Kabakumba for living her work and interfering in another responsibility. On Sunday, Kabakumba recorded a state at the police CID headquarters in Kibuli in connection to the recovered equipment. According to police source, Kabakumba is being investigated for abuse of office, causing a financial loss and conspiracy.
 

 

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