Parliament summons Karim Hirji over Shs623m CHOGM funds
By Serestino Tusingwire
Parliamentary committee on statutory authorities and state enterprises has summoned businessman Karim Hirji, the Imperial Royal Hotel proprietor to explain how Shs623 million given to him by President Museveni to prepare his hotel for the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit turned into a gift.
The committee was scrutinizing the Auditor-General’s report of 2014/2015 which revealed that the Shs623m that was given to Hirji was not documented anywhere.
However, the city businessman Hirji says the money was used to buy a transformer and he has all the necessary documents.
He shocked legislators when he revealed that the money given to him was a gift from the president and that what he decided to buy out of that money is personal thus no need of government documents.
The commit Chairperson Abdul Katuntu insisted that; “for any money whether it is a gift or grant from the public coffers, we shall follow it up to the detail.”
Karim Hirji has been given till Thursday this week to present documents which indicates that the money given to him was a gift from the president.