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MP Paul Akamba Detained at SIU Kireka

The Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) on Wednesday detained the Busiki County Member of Parliament, Paul Akamba at the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in Kireka. 

Akamba, who was on Wednesday grilled by detectives at CID headquarters in Kibuli over his involvement in the financial mismanagement of war loss compensation funds paid to cooperatives, was delivered to SIU in the evening. 

Akamba was grilled alongside Michael Mawanda and Mudimi Wamakuyu of Igara East and Elgon County respectively over the matter. 

Mawanda was earlier on Wednesday detained at Natete Police Station while Mudimi was taken to Kira Division Police. 

Details of the interrogation remain unclear. 

Akamba was last Friday dramatically and violently arrested from court after being granted a Shs13 million cash bail and Shs100m non-cash.

The legislator was picked by armed security men in covert dressings and driven away to an unknown destination in a Toyota Noah registration number UBP 791G.

Akamba was the only legislator granted bail while his two colleagues, Yusuf Mutembuli of Bunyole East, who is also the deputy chairperson of the Legal Committee of Parliament, and Cissy Namujju of Lwengo District were remanded to Luzira Prison.

The lawmakers had earlier been charged with soliciting money from the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission, Mariam Wangadya on the 13th day of May 2024 at Hotel Africana in  Kampala City.

Prosecution said the accused MPs demanded 20% of the anticipated enhanced Budget of the UHRC for the Financial Year 2024 2026, by asserting that they were able to exert improper influence over the decision-making of the Budget Committee of the Parliament of Uganda to increase the UHRC Budget, in consideration of the said undue advantage.

Facing it rough

In December 2023, the state minister for Trade, Harriet Ntababazi told the Parliament’s Committee on Trade and Tourism that up to 30 legislators were facing criminal investigation over their alleged role in the embezzlement of the Shs164b.

“The Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) is taking on files, around 5 files have been identified and the good thing is it wasn’t only the Ministry, there are more than 30 MPs who are into this including Opposition MPs, five active opposition MPs, very talkative and noise makers (who) will also face it rough. We shall also face it as a Ministry, but they will also face it. So, we aren’t scared, wherever it will end, God knows, let it unfold that way,” said Ntabazi.

During the State of the Nation Address, President Museveni said there was proof against the corrupt government officials starting from the Ministry of Finance to Parliament.

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