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shop geneva;”>President Museveni has summoned his Cabinet for an impromptu meeting this morning to discuss the precarious situation his administration finds itself in following the resignation last week of two senior ministers over corruption allegations.
The meeting kicks off at 11am in the Cabinet Library at the President’s Office on Parliamentary building.
Daily Monitor has also learnt that the President has summoned ruling NRM party lawmakers to meet him this evening at State House, Entebbe, a few hours after his Cabinet discussions.
“The secretary to Cabinet [John Mitala] sent out invitations inviting us for a special Cabinet meeting tomorrow morning [today],” said a source in Cabinet speaking on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorisation to speak on behalf of the Cabinet.
While the agenda of Mr Museveni’s meeting with the NRM Caucus in Entebbe is unclear, the source said Cabinet is expected to discuss the report tabled last week by Parliament’s watchdog committee on public accounts into the questionable approval of compensation to businessmen Hassan Bassajabalaba and retired Col. John Mugyenyi.
Ministers Syda Bbumba (Gender) and Khiddu Makubuya (General Duties) resigned after the Public Accounts Committee held them culpable of causing financial loss to the taxpayer and abuse of office for their role in approving reported inflated compensation claims in excess of Shs150 billion.
ODM row over Museveni dinner
They shared a hearty laugh and a sumptuous meal during a dinner hosted for visiting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s home in Bondo. (READ: PM to host Museveni in Kisumu)
But hours after the Saturday event, the aides of Mr Odinga and his deputy, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, were escalating their rivalry in the race for the ODM presidential ticket.
Mr Mudavadi’s press secretary, Mr Kibisu Kabatesi, accused the PM’s team of sending out a dispatch to media houses which, he claimed, insinuated that the deputy PM attended the dinner as an ODM member and that President Museveni attempted to mediate between the two.
Mr Mudavadi has rejected an attempt by some ODM leaders to drop out of the race in favour of Mr Odinga.
It appears his camp saw the PMPS dispatch as putting pressure on him by suggesting that Mr Museveni preferred Mr Odinga as the ODM flag bearer.
“President Museveni was hosted to an official dinner by the PM. Mr Mudavadi attended the dinner in his capacity as the DPM and minister in the Government of Kenya. It had nothing to do with current politics in Kenya,” he said.
Mr Kabatesi said the dispatch by Mr Odinga’s spokesman, Mr Dennis Onyango, was “in bad taste” and “propagandist journalism to purport to represent what you are not privy to, especially when you are not a mind-reader peeping through the window,” he said, according to Daily Nation.
It all started at 8.53am on Sunday when the PMPS sent photographs taken during the function showing Mr Odinga and Mr Mudavadi having a hearty laugh.
In his dispatch, Mr Onyango noted the camaraderie between his boss and the Local Government Minister “in spite of the two battling for the ODM presidential ticket”.
He said the jovial talk between Mr Mudavadi and Mr Odinga “left a strong impression that the two leaders may be following each other’s campaigns closely and the talk of tension between them may be a misunderstanding of their plans.”
Mr Mudavadi, he said, flew into Kisumu from a meeting with delegates in Kitui and travelled to Mr Odinga’s home where he joined Cabinet ministers Anyang’ Nyong’o, James Orengo, and Musa Sirma and assistant ministers Magerer Lang’at and Alfred Khang’ati.
Kigali Airport Gets Ultra-Modern Electronic Gates
Two ultra-modern electronic gates have been installed at the Kigali International Airport (KIA).
The electronic gates, now in the testing phase, were set up by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.
The gates, known as Automated Passenger Clearance System (APCS), will allow self service immigration clearance of passengers, according to officials.
The Directorate’s Communication Officer, Ange Sebutege, confirmed the two doors have already been installed at the arrival hall, and are ready for testing before launch.
They will be used to clear arriving passengers automatically without passing through the normal immigration booths, New Times reports.
Nationals will have their passports scanned to open the first gate, while the second opens by use of finger print recognition.
“The new automated passenger clearance system is efficient as it takes about just 12 seconds to clear a passenger compared to 45-60 seconds for the normal procedure,” said the Immigration IT Engineer Eric Byukusenge, who is also in charge of the installation of the new system.
The introduction of the APCS is in line with the need to further improve service delivery and the directorate’s commitment to the use of ICT in service delivery, he explained.
Focus Now Turns To Mutebile, Lwabi And Kainamura
Following the resignation of ministers Dr Khiddu Makubuya and Syda Bbumba over the government compensation to businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba, the guns have now turned to Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, High Court judge, Justice Billy Kainamura, and the acting Solicitor General, Harriet Lwabi.
The Observer reports the three were implicated by the Public Accounts Committee report on the inflated Shs 142bn compensation to Basajjabalaba’s Haba group of companies for lost business in city markets after government cancelled the company’s management tenders. Makubuya and Bbumba were found to have erred in their capacities as Attorney General and finance minister respectively at the time.
While informing Parliament last Thursday about the ministers’ decision to resign, acting Leader of Government Business and Third Deputy Premier, Gen Moses Ali (East Moyo), said a cabinet sub-committee set up by the President and headed by Defence minister Dr Chrispus Kiyonga (Bukonjo West) that handled the matter had not yet interacted with Mutebile, Kainamura and Lwabi, but assured MPs that the government would take “appropriate action” against the other public officials implicated.
According to the PAC report, the governor wrote a letter of comfort on June 11, 2010 to Orient Bank and another to the United Bank of Africa the following day in support of Basajjabalaba’s request for further funding, giving assurance that the ministry of finance would pay the tycoon as soon as the budget was approved. He also issued two other letters of comfort: one to Orient Bank Ltd on October 28, 2010 and the other to Tropical Bank on November 25, 2010, which MPs say were “irrevocable guarantees” to the tycoon.
“Even after failing to secure payments from the ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development through the budget process as earlier promised, the governor, on April 6, 2011, issued another letter of comfort to United Bank of Africa…,” said the PAC report.