Police Search Homes of Detained Ugandan MPs As Corruption Probe Deepens

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Police detectives have driven MPs Cissy Namujju, Yusuf Mutembuli and Paul Akamba to their homes on Entebbe Road, Mukono and Naalya respectively for a thorough house search. 

The move is part of a wider investigation into acts of corruption by the MPs. 

The lawmakers are suspected of colluding with officials from the Ministry of Finance to steal public funds. 

“I have been hearing that from the Ministry of Finance, they collude with the accounting officers of ministries to come to Parliament working with some people there (Parliament) to provide certain funds, provided you take a share. I didn’t believe this but now I have proof,” said President Museveni on Thursday.

The President said the corrupt syndicate should expect serious consequences. 

Mutembuli serves as Parliament’s Legal Committee Vice-chairperson, while Cissy Namujju is the Lwengo Woman MP. Akamba represents Busiki County in Parliament.

The MPs were on Monday evening transferred from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) headquarters in Kibuli, where they were interrogated for a full day, to Kira Division police for detention.  

Officials said the 3 detained MPs will appear before the Anti-Corruption court on Wednesday for trial.

Sources in security, who preferred anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case ordered by President Museveni, told ChimpReports on Tuesday afternoon that the scope of the investigation has been widened. 

“The Investigation has gone to the homes of the honourable (MPs) and our teams are already at their homes,” said a source, adding, “We expect more suspects to be invited to record statements.”

Two of the accused MPs are wanted over their roles in the Budget Committee of Parliament that they were previously members of. 

One of the legislators reportedly had some underhand dealings with some Kenyans during the processing of the Petroleum Supplies Amendment Bill in November 2023. 

Another lawmaker is said to have collected huge sums of money from various government agencies while still serving as a member of the Budget committee. 

The said legislator bought an expensive SUV and personalized its number plate. It is also said that the same legislator has erected big construction projects and also wanted to buy a property in the U.S. at USD$3 million.

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