Ex-presidency minister Mbayo, summoned for causing financial loss


Ex minister Esther Mbayo [L] and minister for presidency Milly Babalanda. Pearl Times News photo.

The former president Museveni’s favorite is now being wanted for corruption related offenses. As quoted by Kira FM, she has questioned Uganda police’s competency.

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Kampala—30, September 2021: The former minister for presidency and the current Luuka District Woman MP, Esther Mbayo, has bashed police officers who summoned her for statement recording.

On 13, September 2021, Twinomujuni Julius, on behalf of the director criminal investigations through the speaker of parliament, summoned Mbayo vide CID HQTRS GEF: 762/2021.

In a letter copied to the accused, Twinomujuni said the directorate of criminal investigations is investigating allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement and causing financial loss of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation where you [Mbayo] was a supervisor of the said corporation from 2019 to 2021.

“This serves as summon to you to appear at CID HQTRS Kibuli on 15, September 2021 before Ag. CP Economic Crime and Financial Intelligence for a statement in respect of the said investigation,” Twinomujuni wrote.

“Yesterday, Hon. Mbayo raised a concern and told Parliament that she was illegally summoned at the Police CID offices,” reports Kira FM.

According to the same local radio station, Mbayo said she had traveled out of the country about a week ago, when she received a call by an officer summoning her to appear in Kibuli.

“In my wisdom I told him to summon me through my boss the speaker of parliament, but he responded that this was a system which was, but is now not respected (anymore),” she said.

“The former minister went on to question whether the police officers in the country are aware of the laws they are enforcing.”

On Thursday, TND News phoned her and later sent a WhatsApp text reading, “… I called you a short while ago, to hear from you about this sermon, and if in any case you know something about it.” She never replied to any.

Asked how far the investigation into Mbayo’s case has reached, Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson, told TND News he was for training and couldn’t talk.

“Send me a WhatsApp text,” Twine asks. The publication’s Milton Emmy Akwam did as requested, but Twine is yet to respond.

Crime at UPPC

 Early this month, detectives from CID headquarters in Kampala recovered UGX600m from some suspects earlier arrested on allegation of embezzling UGX3b from the corporation.

Those arrested included managing director Prof. Davis Tom Wasswa, chairman board of directors Kitamuweesi Musubire and acting corporation secretary, Andrew Senabulya. He (Wasswa) is accused of siphoning money from the government establishment.

They (police) arrested Wasswa, and the accused on orders of now the current minister for presidency, Milly Babire Babalanda (Mbayo’s successor).

More on this to come.


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