Museveni: I’m investigating Kutesa bribery scandal

President Yoweri Museveni claims that he is investigating his in-law, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa who is at the centre of a multi-million dollar corruption scandal involving a Chinese energy conglomerate, China Energy Company Ltd (CEFC China).

Kutesa is reported to have received $500,000 (Shs 1.9 billion) from CEFC China official Chi Ping Patrick Ho who caused the money to be wired from New York to an account in Stanbic Bank that Kutesa provided to them.

Ho has already been convicted by a US district judge in New York.

Addressing journalists after launching a new anti-corruption campaign, Museveni said that he had asked Kutesa about the controversy but the minister explained that it was not a bribe.

Hong Kong businessman Chi Ping Patrick Ho shakes the hand of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in this photo taken at an event celebrating Museveni’s fifth inauguration. U.S. prosecutors entered the image into evidence for a fall 2018 trial where Ho is accused of paying off Museveni and his foreign minister with $500,000 bribes apiece. (Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)

“He came to see me on Sunday before I went Masaka, I asked him and he told me that that money was for a charity, obviously it is a crime to get money from a foreign company and he will have to explain himself,” Museveni said.

“What for? I asked my team to get in touch with the Attorney General (William Byaruhanga) who will find out if it was for the charity, was it delivered? It is a question of time, we shall find out,” Museveni said.

Exhibit 1510: President Yoweri Museveni’s image which was used as an exhibit during the trial

Museveni announced a new anti-corruption unit under his office headed by his former Principal Private Secretary Maj Edith Nakalema.

He said the new unit will complement the Inspectorate of Government that he said was infiltrated by wrong elements.

Museveni also announced plans to introduce a law through which government will confiscate properties of any public servants who will be convicted of corruption.