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Police quizzed Mbabazi over NRM party cash
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was on Saturday asked by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) to record a statement with police as inquiries into unaccounted for party funds began.
Mr Mbabazi is also Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement party. Sources within police say the interrogation took place at his office on Post Office building and lasted about four hours. In attendance was Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, CID boss Grace Akullo and two other senior detectives.
Sources further said at the centre of investigations are allegations that Mr Mbabazi received large sums of money meant for the NRM, but he did not declare the donations to the party.
“We asked him on Friday to honour our summons and help us clarify on certain allegations and we are happy he responded positively and on Saturday we were able to interface with him and heard his side of the story,” said the source that preferred anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter.
Witnesses at Post building said there was considerable deployment of unarmed security operatives in civilian clothes monitoring the developments while two police pick-ups remained packed outside the main gate. Gen. Kayihura’s convoy was also seen entering the premises.
When contacted yesterday for a comment, Mr Mbabazi was non-committal on what transpired but wondered where this paper had picked the information from. He instead said this was a Monitor-manufactured story against him and hang up his phone.
Ms Akullo told Daily Monitor that she was not aware of any investigation concerning the Prime Minister, saying indeed if there was such an inquiry then she was not part. “I cannot comment, I am not aware and I have not been instructed,” she said.
This paper failed to get a comment from Gen. Kayihura as he was reported to be involved in another meeting. Daily Monitor has learnt that police has fully started investigations on Mr Mbabazi and others cited in the oil bribery allegations that were investigated by Parliament last year.
But Gen. Kayihura late last year dismissed the allegation on oil bribery, saying police had investigated and they were mere claims as they didn’t find any truth in it. But contrary to what Gen. Kayihura said, the head of Interpol, Asan Kasingye, seems to have contradicted his boss when he told a Parliamentary ad-hoc committee investigating the oil sector that police never carried out any probe.
Although Mr Mbabazi was not mentioned in the Tullow Oil allegations, a leakage of diplomatic correspondence from Wiki-leaks that originated from the American Embassy in Kampala accused Mr Mbabazi of representing the interests of one of the oil companies that allegedly paid him some money. But the Prime Minister vehemently denied the allegations.
Another incident which Mr Mbabazi’s critics say was an indicator although he pleaded innocence about the oil allegations, the panicky way in which his supporter, Severino Twinobusingye, tried to use court to block the debate on the saga showed that there was no smoke without fire.
However, as Parliament started debating the oil saga claims, authorities led by President Museveni said the claims were false because police had carried out investigations and the pushers of the claims were termed as saboteurs.