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MPs: UN Ignored Our Warning Over ‘Dubious’ Kutesa

The United Nations (UN) has been blamed by a  section of NRM rebel MPs for ignoring their warnings against appointing Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa as first President of United Nations General Assembly.

The MPs made the remarks during a press briefing held at Parliament Wednesday afternoon to respond to the letter written by President Yoweri Museveni, responding to the letter the rebel MPs had written to him earlier asking him to quit power in 2021.

Early this week, US court documents showed that Kutesa allegedly received USD$500, 000 (Shs1.8 billion) bribe to help a Chinese energy company secure business deals in Uganda and Africa.

Theodore Ssekikubo, who has not been at good terms with Kutesa for a long time said Kutesa used the money to fund Museveni’s 2016 Presidential campaigns.

Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality MP said: “It should be recalled that shortly after Kutesa’s appointment, a number of us opposed [his appointment]; one of the things we mentioned was that this man is so grossly wrong that he may even sell chairs of the UN and people thought we were joking, now time has come to vindicate us all, the best judge is time.” He added that Kutesa should resign as Foreign Affairs Minister in order to save Uganda’s international reputation before the authorities in the United States issue warrant for his arrest.

“It is obvious that for a long time, we have been seeing a racket and maybe this is just a tip of the iceberg, a racket of swindling money from Uganda tax payers, international corporations basically to provide influence,” he said, adding: “It is my call that President Museveni and Kutesa should resign and give Ugandans at least a chance of cleansing our country.”

 

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