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STORM: Kabakumba Radio Scandal Deepens As NRM Splits

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medical http://cidem.ec/components/com_kunena/template/ja_platon/html/topics/posts_row.php geneva; color: black; font-size: small; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;”>It emerged on December 5 Kabakumba’s Masindi-based Kings Radio was illegally using Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) radio mast and transmitter.

“Kabakumba must step aside before sunrise lest we drag her to the East African court. This is broad-day light theft. It’s unacceptable. Theft of a radio transmitter is the least we expected from the Presidency minister,” FDC Deputy Publicity Secretary Toterebuka Bamwenda charged.

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He said the radio scandal has embarrassed the Presidency, adding, Kabakumba should do the honorary thing – step aside and apologise to the nation.

“Every minister is stealing from right, left and centre. Enough is enough, Kabakumba must go,” Toterebuka told press at party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Kampala.

He further said Kabakumba should be arrested for abuse of office and plunder of public resources.

“Her stay in office will jeopardise investigations into this grand theft that has paralysed the nation,” Toterebuka fumed.

A police investigation discovered Kabakumba used her office as Minister for Information and Guidance UBC in 2009 to steal the UBC equipment.

Shortly after recovering the lost equipment, Kings Broadcasting Services went off air. The scandal has since shocked the nation.

The issue, which has threatened to tear the ruling party into two hostile camps, was hugely discussed on social networking websites twitter and Facebook. Hundreds called on Kabakumba to save face by stepping aside.

The Minister has denied the allegations, saying media reports are inaccurate.

However, police spokesperson Asuman Mugenyi has confirmed the UBC equipment was recovered from the Minister’s private radio, which was enormously used to campaign for NRM candidates during the February general elections.

MPS WARN OF CENSURE

Vocal independent-minded legislators yesterday held a press brief, asking Kabakumba to resign within 24 hours or face a humiliating censure from Parliament.

Led by Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga, legislators from both opposition and NRM said Kabakumba should resign as Minister and MP and refund money lost to the Consolidated Fund.

Rwampara MP Vincent Kyamadidi said: “This is very interesting. Kabakumba is the chief heckler in Parliament. She has only one way out and that is stepping aside to allow investigations in this theft.”

Describing the scandal as broad-day theft, Lwemiyaga legislator Theodore Ssekikuubo said Kabakumba had a paltry 24 hours to quit or be forced out by a censure motion.

“Kabakumba is very arrogant. The earlier she goes, the better,” Ssekikuubo warned.

FDC MP Abdu Katuntu labelled Kabakumba a disgrace to the people of Bunyoro and a big thief.

Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba said Kabakumba had brought shame upon NRM while MP Mohammed Nsereko appealed to the embattled Minister to start preparing her journey to Luzira prison.

Analysts say the escalating corruption scandals are tearing the party apart. While Independent-minded NRM MPs want the likes of Kabakumba to step aside to save the ruling party’s name, President Yoweri Museveni has always shielded top officials named in corruption scandals.

It’s very unlikely Museveni will let his party squeeze political breath out of her beloved Minister.

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