Kabakumba Appears at CID over UBC Transmitter Theft

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The Minister for the Presidency, Kabakumba Matsiko now at the centre of an investigation into theft of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation – UBC transmitter reported to the Criminal Investigations Directorate – CID yesterday.

Kabakumba Matsiko, the embattled presidency minister has appeared at the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters to explain her involvement in the theft of a transmitter and mast belonging to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC. Sources at the CID that spoke to URN on condition of anonymity say that Kabakumba sneaked into the CID headquarters on Sunday despite the fact that she was scheduled to appear today.

She reportedly declined to record a statement and instead handed the police a statement she presented in parliament last week denying the theft of UBC equipment. Last week, police summoned Kabakumba to appear before the CID headquarters to explain her role in the theft of UBC mast and Transmitter. It came after more than 145 members of parliament signed a motion to censure the minister for abuse of office.

Trouble for Kabakumba started after Daily Monitor broke a story in which it quoted police offices saying that they had recovered a transmitter belonging to UBC from Kings Broadcasting Station that is owned by the minister. MPs accuse Kabakumba of using her position during her tenure as information minister to illegally obtain the transmitter and illegal access to the UBC facilities.

This morning, several journalists pitch camped at the CID headquarters waiting for Kabakumba to show up for interrogations in vain. Many journalists were frustrated to learn that the minister appeared at the CID on Sunday claiming that she had to attend the maternal health conference at Munyonyo today.