Rukiga County MP Herbert Kabafunzaki has told press he is still the State Minister of Labour and Industries because President Yoweri Museveni never fired or replaced him.
The President suspended Kabafunzaki from cabinet in April last year after he was caught red handed allegedly taking a bribe from businessman Muhammad Hamid, chairman of the Aya Group of Companies.
Kabafunzaki was embarrassingly arrested and arraigned in court, and later granted bail, before the president took a decision to suspend him.
Kabafunzaki says however, that his ministerial appointment still stands because he has never been replaced, 14 months after he stepped aside to pave way for the investigations in the bribery case at the Kampala High Court.
The Minister told press he is still getting some of his benefits as minister.
If the president wanted him out of cabinet, he said, he would have thrown him out, as he did with General Henry Tumukunde who he replaced a few months ago as security minister, with General Elly Tumwine.
“I am still getting my gratuity as minister; what I don’t get are allowances because I am not working. That would be another sort of corruption,” said Kabafunzaki.
Addressing press on Thursday at Cephas Inn in Kabale municipality, Kabafunzaki said he only stepped aside as minister to pave way for the case in court.
He maintained however, that he was set up by what he called mafias in the government and the Uganda Police.
He accused one a one Lt. Kagina from CPS of conniving with Nickson Agasirwe to set him up.
President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 said he appointed Kabafunzaki in cabinet to reward the people of Rukiga for getting rid of FDC strongman Jack Sabiiti from parliament.