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Senior cabinet minister in trouble over parliament scam

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A senior Member of President Yoweri Museveni’s cabinet is under fire on allegations related to bribery, fraud, abuse of office and conflict of interest.
The Minister who was once a blue eyed boy is alleged to have altered the awarding of the tender construction of the new Parliamentary building.
According to sources close to this newspaper, the Minister used his influence to award a tender that had been won by Roko Construction Company Limited to Seyani Brothers and Company Limited.
Five firms bid for the project: China Civil Engineering Construction Company, China Complete Plant Import and Export, Seyani Brothers and Company Limited and China National Aero-Technology International.
The Shs270 billion deal was given to Roko construction Ltd, was to start construction process which was expected to be completed in two years.
However, our sources reveal the Minister connived with a certain senior staff at Parliament to alter the tender which had been passed by parliament and Okayed by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
They are reported to have received a bribe from Seyani, Brothers and Company Limited to have the contract given to them at the expense of Roko Construction Limited.
This prompted the Management of Roko Construction to seek intervation of the President who directed that the contract be given back to Rock, the rightful bidder.
Following the President’s intervention, Roko was given back the contract and works are on – going.
Meanwhile the President has ordered the said Minister to refund the money that they allegedly received from Seyani Brothers and Company Limited.
The said staff at Parliament who is said to have connived with the Minister was an administrator at Mbarara University of Science and Technology at the time, the Minister was a top leader at the University.
This perhaps explains the way the woman got the job at Parliament using the influence of the Minister.
The embattled Cabinet Minister is alleged to have fraudulently involved himself in the Standard Railway Gauge deal
The Minister together with another government official are said to have bought big chunks of land in Tororo where the railway is set to pass.
They are reported to have bought the land at an estimated amount of Shs400 million and sold it at an exaggerated amount of Shs18 billion.
As things are now the Minister is in great trouble and plans are underway to have him sacked from cabinet.
It is not surprising why the Minister in question is in the country, not sick and not on leave and yet there is another Minister moreover junior to him that is serving in his docket in acting capacity.
In case of any reshuffle by the President, the Minister is not likely to survive the axe as a result of his recent actions.

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