GRANTED BAIL: Minister Herbert Kabafunzaki

The State Minister for Labour Herbert Kabafunzaki has been granted bail by anti-corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum.

Kabafunzaki, who appeared before the same court yesterday, was charged with corruption, which he denied. This follows his arrest on Saturday for allegedly soliciting a Shs5 million bribe from AYA Group Chairman Muhammad Hamid.

But through his lawyer Kenneth Muhangi, the Minister was granted cash bail of 50 million and a non-cash bail of an equal amount.

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He is also required to report to court every week and handed in his Diplomatic Passport and a land title.

His co-accused, Brian Mugabo pleaded guilty and was charged with corruption and for soliciting Shs15m to ‘kill’ the case against Hamid.

Mugabo admitted hiding Shs5m which had been ‘accepted’ by Minister Kabafunzaki, and added that ‘everything stated by prosecution is true’.