Three Ugandan ministers were charged with corruption yesterday, accused of fraud in contracting procedures for a $4.9 million infrastructure project executed for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala. Their indictment follows the arrest of former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya earlier this week, investigated for profiting from a $3.3 million contract for the procurement of limousines also related to the event.
The indictments were received with praise by the anti-corruption community in the country, considering the officials’ high level positions and their close connection to President Yoweri Museveni. Nevertheless, negative reactions to the case were also seen in the capital, particularly from the Buganda ethnic group, to which Mr. Bukenya belongs. They argued that the investigation against him is politically motivated.
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