M7, Mbabazi Stop Onek’s Resignation

more about geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>Swimming in the murky waters of a Shs29bn oil bribe scandal, Onek had told Parliament Tuesday of his intention to step down from office till investigations into the matter are concluded by Parliament.

He was supposed to relinquish his post the following day.

“I will resign so that investigations can be conducted smoothly. I need to clear my name. I think this is a diversion,” Onek told press Tuesday night at Parliament.

However, according to sources, on the same night, Onek met Museveni and Mbabazi at the President’s residence.

They told the panicking minister that stepping down would give credence to MP Gerald Karuhanga’s allegations that he accepted the cash hand outs from an oil organisation.

“This idea of resigning is just nonsense. I am the one who appointed you, I will not accept that resignation,” Museveni reportedly told Onek.

Museveni then told Onek that would clear the air the following day in a nation address, which the President did at State House, Nakasero.

Informed sources tell this reporter that it’s Mbabazi, who felt that Onek’s resignation would leave him naked and vulnerable in the eyes of his enemies who were ready to skin him alive.

Mbabazi then approached Museveni over the matter.

Several politicians including NRM members were busy drumming up support for Mbabazi’s resignation. To make matters worse, even Gen. Elly Tumwiine had accused Mbabazi of arrogance.

It was then agreed in the meeting that the common position should be that the documents pinning them in the corruption deal were fake.


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