Alice Kaboyo

The Appointments Committee of Parliament has stayed the appointment of the former State House aide Alice Kaboyo, as Minister for Luweero – Rwenzori Triangle.

Appearing before the Appointment Committee chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Kaboyo failed to have her appointment approved. She is among the 80 ministers Museveni named to lead various ministries in the next government.

Her failure is linked to her conviction in the Anti-Corruption after she pleaded ‘guilty’ on four of nine counts in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) case.

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According to Observer, Kaboyo, co-accused with three former Health ministers, was sentenced to a fine of Shs 20m or an eight-year prison term. She chose to pay for her freedom.

Five years ago, former Health minister Jim Muhwezi, his deputies Mike Mukula and Dr Alex Kamugisha, and Kaboyo, were charged with mismanaging billions of shillings under the Gavi project.

Unlike the ministers who are facing several charges of alleged theft, causing financial loss, uttering false documents and embezzlement, Kaboyo (bar one count where she had been co-charged with Muhwezi) was facing seven other counts that included abuse of office and writing documents in the name of the former Private Principal Presidential Secretary, Amelia Kyambadde.

According to court records, Kaboyo was advanced the Gavi funds after she had resigned her post. After a 20-minute adjournment, Akankwasa sentenced Kaboyo to Shs 5m on each of the four counts or a prison term of two years on each counts.