Bukoto South MP Twaha Kagabo Mzee has exonerated Speaker Anita Annet Among from claims that she individually bribed each MP with Shs 40 million in June this year.
Hon Kagabo had initially confessed publicly that he received the bribery from the speaker ‘s home; and early last month he returned the said money to Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mathias Mpuuga.
To date, no MP, save for Kagabo has either acknowledged or explained the said purpose of this money.
Hon Kagabo however, is now backtracking on the matter which is currently being investigated by the Inspector General of Government (IGG).
While appearing before the Rules, Privilege and Discipline Committee today, Kagabo said the whole incident was cooked up to ward off pressure from constituents and National Unity Platform (NUP) top bosses.
Rules, Privilege and Discipline Committee Chairperson Abdu Katuntu listening to Kagabo’s confession
“When we went to our party Headquarters, our leaders also were privy to such information that MPs had got some money whose intent nobody knew, and there was pressure that if it is true that everybody got that money, then we should be able to bring it back to Parliament so that it can be put to use. There was a lot of pressure from my constituency as the voters demanded that we return the alleged bribe.” he said.
As such, Kagabo says he decided to return the money much as he did not receive it or was aware that it was distributed.
“That was something that was regrettable and I still strongly regret it. Of course what was awash with the community was that MPs were given free money and of course the tradition here is that, because of the past experience that whenever MPs get free money perhaps they are in preparation of the worst against them,” Kagabo explained.
In the committee meeting, Hon Atkins Katusabe (Bukonzo West) said Kagabo’s drama had brought disrepute to the MPs and Speaker Anita Among.
As such, Katusabe says this damage created cannot be solved by a hasty apology and that Kagabo must serve as an example to others who harbour similar intentions.
“For some of us, your colleagues, integrity means everything. You can take whatever I have, even my title Hon. MP or whatever it is, my degrees but one thing that I will never allow anybody to dare touch is integrity because that is all I have. I lose it, I lose my soul,” he pointed out.
“This thing cannot just go away with ‘I am sorry’. We get a lot of feedback from the people that believed in us and a lot of that feedback is negative. Now we continue to struggle because of that kind of feedback,” Katusabe said.