President Yoweri Museveni amidst UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (right) and President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa in Secretary Generals Chambers at UN during the side-lines of the High Level Thematic Debate at United Nations General Headquarters in New York on Monday May 4, 2015. PPU Photo
President Yoweri Museveni amidst UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (right) and President of the United Nations General Assembly Sam Kutesa in Secretary Generals Chambers at UN during the side-lines of the High Level Thematic Debate at United Nations General Headquarters in New York on Monday May 4, 2015. PPU Photo

A section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) ‘rebel MPs’ have attacked the United Nations for failure to adhere to warnings against appointing Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa as President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The remarks were made by Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality MP, during a press briefing held at Parliament this afternoon, when the ‘rebel MPs’ were responding to a letter written by President Yoweri Museveni in response to an earlier letter written by the group.

Karuhanga was responding to media reports in which Kutesa was named in US court documents for having allegedly received USD$500, 000, approximately a Shs1.8 billion bribe, to help a Chinese energy company secure business deals in Uganda.

“It should be recalled that shortly after Kutesa’s appointment, a number of us opposed; 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,” Karuhanga said.

The legislator made calls for Kutesa to resign in order to save Uganda’s international reputation before the authorities in the United States issue warrant for his arrest noting: “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.

Karuhanga also added: “It is my call that President Museveni and Kutesa should resign and give Ugandans at least a chance of cleansing our country. It is abnormally sad that very soon we will see arrest warrants for Museveni and Kutesa and they will be fugitives.”

Despite the fact that Kutesa’s ‘enemy in chief’ Theodore Ssekikubo had vowed not to talk anything related to Kutesa, it wasn’t long when his mouth lost the patience.

Commenting about the subject matter, Ssekikubo started by admitting for failing to contain his tongue and said the indictment indicated that Kutesa used the money to fund Museveni’s 2015 presidential campaigns.

 

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