Minister Kabakumba: That's what you get for stealing a radio mast
When calls for her resignation emerged Kabakumba rebuffed them. She linked the accusations to political witch-hunting. But not even the corrupt Museveni regime bought her argument so they would not shield her. A cabinet meeting and a ruling NRM party parliamentary caucus condemned the minister's actions of helping herself to the national broadcaster's microphones. Two presidential meetings could not even save Kabakumba in spite of going to State House with a group of supporters to make noise in her favour.
With an iota of rage in her voice, Kabakumba said her resignation was a form of political responsibility. She refused to take any questions from journalists at the impromptu press conference. She just said it's human error on her part.
Kabakumba's resignation comes on heels of angry voices within the ruling party that if she didn't leave her ministerial job it would continue to taint the party's image. However, the irony in Uganda's politics is remains. Big time thieves in government are shielded by the regime while those that small time thieves are sacrificed. This does not imply that I condone theft. I mean there should be an iota of fair and equal treatment to all sundry thieves.
Currently oil corruption scandals have dominated debate in parliament where ministers Hillary Onek, and Sam Kutesa as well as Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi are accused of receiving bribes from Tullow Oil company for favourable contracts. The ministers have been under constant pressure to resign but President Museveni has defended them as being innocent and dismissed the documents that implicate them in oil deals bribery as forgery. It remains to be seen if the resignation of Kabakumba will ignite the calls for resignation of the three ministers.
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