Activist asks court to expel Sam Kutesa from public service

Activist asks court to expel Sam Kutesa from public service
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kahamba Kutesa

Brian Atuheire, a political activist has filed an application before the High Court Civil Division seeking orders to compel Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa to vacate office. He also wants court to declare that Kutesa is unfit to hold public office.

The applicant also wants court to order the Director of Public Prosecution to institute criminal charges against Kutesa for pocketing a bribe of US$ 500,000 from Patrick Ho Chi Ping, the former Hong Kong Home Affairs Minister during his tenure as the President of the UN General Assembly.

The application is supported Atuheire’s sworn affidavit administered by by the Commissioner of Oaths, Ronald Mutalya. In the affidavit seen by this publication, Atuheire states that Kutesa acted contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2009, when he obtained a bribe to help Patrick Ho Chi Ping to secure contracts in railway services, infrastructure, fishing, hydro energy production, banking and finance of the Chinese Conglomerate.

It is alleged that Kutesa received the bribe on May 6th, 2016 through HSBC Bank in Hong Kong through Deutsche Bank in the New York and StanBic Bank. The Civil Division of High Court is yet to summon Sam Kutesa to defend himself and set a date for hearing the application.

Early this month, a US Judge in the Southern District of New York, Lorreta A. Preska found Patrick Ho guilty of two counts of money laundering. The same Court also found Patrick Ho guilty of four counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

On December, 10th, while celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day, President Yoweri Museveni confirmed that Kutesa received the money in question, saying it was a gift for a charity run by his wife, Edith Kutesa.

Museveni said the gift should have been declared to the Inspectorate of Government (IG). Museveni said he had instructed the Attorney General to establish whether the money was for the charity and whether or not the said charity exists to establish the truth.