Parliament Rejects Alleged Bribery of MPs by UCC’s Mutabazi

There was drama last evening as accusations emerged on the floor of parliament, that the Executive Director Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi bribed some MPs to kill the minority report pining him on conflict of interest, following his failure to switch off the Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) the moment it became insolvent.

The one-man minority report made by Busongola North MP, William Nzoughu demanded investigation of Mutabazi by the IGG to properly rule out conflict of interest.

The MP based his report on the supply of packaging polythene bags, Christmas gift hampers and mineral water to UTL by Semliki Diary & Beverages, where Mutabaazi owns 30% shares.

This report however, was downright rejected and shouted down by majority of MPs on the floor, which prompted MP Nzoughu to accuse them of being by Mutabazi.

“We know very well that these guys have been given money and at an appointed time we shall give the list,” the MP alleged.

“When I moved the minority report, there was an attempt by the UCC director to bribe me but I refused and when I did, I was told that they would move and mobilize members against my report.”

But when Nzoughu was told by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga to name the MPs who were bribed; when and how much each got, he failed to name them and asked parliament to take interest in the matter.

The Speaker ordered for the removal of the allegations from the Hansard and Parliament approved the main report without adopting the minority report.

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