Ugandan minister arrested for receiving a bribe

By Sam – April 10, 2017

Uganda’s junior minister for labour has been arrested for taking a bribe from a hotel owner after promising he would in return help him deal with sexual harassment accusations from one of his workers.

Herbert Kabafunzaki was arrested shortly after taking a bribe of 5 million Uganda shillings ($1,385). He was arrested at a hotel in the capital Kampala, where he had received the bribe.

The amount was part payment of total of 10 million shillings that he had demanded from a hotel owner who this week a female worker accused of harassing her for sex.

“He had promised to help him (hotel owner) sort out that issue,” Emilian Kayima, the police spokesman said.

“He was arrested shortly after he had received the first installment of 5 million shillings.”

Business people in Uganda routinely complain of being asked by government officials to pay bribes before receiving services and the critics say the vice undermines the flow of investment and stifles entrepreneurship.

The minister is expected to be presented in court on Monday.

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