Gilbert Bukenya: Uganda ex-VP charged with CHOGM fraud

Gilbert Bukenya (May 2006) Gilbert Bukenya was in charge of organising the 2007 Commonwealth summit

Related Stories

Uganda's former Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya has been charged with fraud.

He denies that he benefited from a $3.9m (£2.4m) deal to supply cars to the 2007 Commonwealth summit in Kampala.

A parliamentary committee last year recommended he and other ministers be charged but MPs then voted to clear them.

Mr Bukenya was sacked in May, as part of a reshuffle in the wake of February's elections.

The BBC's Joshua Mmali in the capital, Kampala says the inspector general of government continued investigations into the case although MPs had decided to drop it.

A day after losing the vice-presidency, Mr Bukenya was confronted with the news that his file was due for prosecution, our reporter says.

He is accused of being responsible for the fraudulent procurement of luxury cars, which were used to transport dozens of heads of state during the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Mr Bukenya chaired the cabinet team in charge of preparations for the event.

He was also charged with abuse of office, but replied: "Those charges are absolutely not true."

He was granted a cash bail of $20,000 and will have to deposit his passport with the court.

Our reporter says the prosecution have asked for a further two weeks to complete investigations.

The hearing has now been adjourned until 30 June.

Mr Bukenya became an MP in 1996, ending his two-year tenure as the Dean of the School of Medicine at Makerere University.

Our reporter says that, before the February elections, in a contest which exposed serious rifts and acts of corruption in the ruling National Resistance Movement primaries, Mr Bukenya sought to be named NRM general secretary.

But he lost to Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Africa stories

RSS

Features

  • RihannaCloud caution

    After celebrity leaks, what can you do to safeguard your photos?


  • Cesc FabregasFair price?

    Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?


  • Woman and hairdryerBlow back

    Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?


  • Rack of lambFavourite feast

    Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?


  • Members of staff at James Stevenson Flags hold a Union Jack and Saltire flag UK minus Scotland

    Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.