Uganda: 2 Cabinet Ministers Resign Over Accusation of Illegal Payment

Two cabinet ministers resigned on Thursday over corruption accusations, bringing to six the number of ministers who have quit under a cloud after a string of graft scandals hit the administration of President Yoweri Museveni. The two ministers were forced to step down after a report by a parliamentary committee accused them of sanctioning an illegal $62 million payment to a businessman.

The report called for the dismissal of the ministers, Syda Bbumba, the current labor minister, who was finance minister at the time; and Khidu Makubuya, the minister for general duties, who was then attorney general, as well as the firing of Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the central bank governor.

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