Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut, the Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister is in trouble yet again for allegedly defrauding the limping Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to the tune of one billion shillings.
MPs of the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) want Karooro Okurut to refund One billion shillings that she allegedly received from the fraudulent sale of land on which UBC sits.
The COSASE Committee, chaired by the firebrand Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa has resolved to summon Karooro Okurut and other directors with a Company called 'Extreme Innovations' fleeced through the fraudulent sale the land belonging to a Chinese investor.
A source that preferred anonymity told the EYEWITNESS that this is an old scandal that the committee wants to determine to its logical conclusion probably recommending for the censure of the minister for her role in the scandal.
HOW IT STARTED
In 2009, UBC leased a two-acre piece of land at Kibira Road for 49-years to a private company, Extreme Innovations Ltd, whose directors are Karooro and Margaret Muhanga, her fellow legislator for Burahya County in Kabarole district.
Eight months after the acquisition of the land, they allegedly sold it to a Chinese investor at $150,000. The purchase is said to have not followed procedures laid down by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act.
Under Section 309 of the Penal Code Act, any person who conspires with another by deceit or any fraudulent means to affect the market price of anything publicly sold, or to defraud the public or any person, whether a particular person or not, or to extort any property from any person, commits a misdemeanor and is liable to imprisonment for three years.
At the time of the scandal, cabinet and the NRM caucus had just forced former Presidency Minister Kabakumba Masiko to resign in another scandal. Ms Kabakumba, who was also Minister in-charge of Kampala, resigned following allegations that she illegally used UBC equipment, including a transmitter which was being used at her Masindi-based Kings Broadcasting Service FM radio.
Karooro Okurut already has a file at the CID headquarters with the police having preferred the charge of conspiracy to defraud against her over the minister's role in the alleged fraudulent sale of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation land.
Over the years Karooro has been silent over the matter, while Margaret Muhanga, denies that they sold the land at one billion shillings.
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