More Charges Slapped on Min. Kabafunzaki
The state minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Herbert Kabafunzaki, has been freshly charged by state in addition to the initial charges of soliciting and receiving bribe.
According to the new charge sheet, Kabafunzaki conspired to commit a felony with his political assistant contrary to section 390 of the Penal Code Act. Kabafunzaki who is currently out on bail pleaded not guilty to the new charge at the Anti-Corruption Court. “Not true your honour..,” he said in court.
It should be noted that Kabafunzaki is accused of receiving a Shs5m bribe and soliciting another Shs15m bribe from Aya Group chairman Mohammed Hamid in exchange for “clearing” him of allegations of sexually harassing his former female employee at Hilton Hotel.
The two counts of corruption are contrary to section 2(a) and 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009.
Relatedly, Mugabo who had earlier pleaded guilty, made a U-turn and pleaded not guilty to the earlier charge of being an accessory after fact. Mugabo,21, had pleaded guilty to having ran away with the bribe money which had allegedly been handed to the minister by Hamid in a bid to help the minister escape the long arm of the law.
However, Mugabo sworn an affidavit in Luzira Prison stating that he did not understand the charges at his maiden court appearance and needed to change his plea from guilty to not guilty.
“I am the accused in the above matter. I seek indulgence of court to change the plea of guilty that was entered by court,” Mugabo said in his affidavit.
“I did not understand the charges as read to me by court and I had spent more than 48 hours in police detention thus suffered massive duress and stress.”
The law allows a suspect to change his/her plea before court has pronounced a sentence.
Mugabo was denied bail and further remanded over lack of substantial sureties.