East Africa

MPs oppose Kutesa’s bid for UN job

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Some MPs have started a campaign aimed to oppose Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa’s bid to become president of the United Nations General Assembly.

MPs Medard Sseggona [Busiro East], Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County], Gerald Karuhanga [Youth, Western] and Barnabas Tinkasiimire [Buyaga], say Mr Kutesa is not fit to represent the country at the UN because of the
scandals he has been named in, including oil bribery allegations.

The MPs were reacting to media reports that the government is fronting Mr Kutesa and that ministers of the East African Community have endorsed him to run for the presidency of 68th UN General Assembly whose tenure runs
from September to 2014.

Mr Kutesa is reportedly likely to compete with a Cameroonian candidate if Uganda’s lobbying efforts succeed.

His candidature was reportedly endorsed by Cabinet but Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire refuted the claim before Parliament on Thursday. Mr Kutesa was not in Parliament when the matter was raised.

Mr Karuhanga claimed that the government was using back-door means to front Mr Kutesa whose name, he said, is mentioned in various scandals.
Mr Ssekikubo said they would oppose Mr Kutesa’s bid locally and internationally, adding that President Museveni should explain why he is fronting the minister when there are many Ugandans fit for the job.

Mr Sseggona said Mr Kutesa’s candidature could embarrass Uganda and that it could turn out to be similar to the scenario where Mr Richard Kaijuka had to be withdrawn from the World Bank because of alleged corruption
scandals.

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