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Ugandan minister arrested for ‘receiving bribe’ in sex scandal

A Ugandan Minister has been arrested by State agents for allegedly receiving a bribe of Ugandan Sh 30 million (Sh 1 million) from a businessman.

It is understood that the minister had asked for the bribe from one Muhammad Hamid Muhammed so as to help him “clear” a case of sexual harassment against him that is currently under police investigations.

Uganda police confirmed the arrest of Herbet Kabafunzaki for the incident that reportedly happened on Saturday at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.


“The Police this afternoon arrested Hon Herbet Kabafunzaki, the State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relationship, who is also the MP for Rukiga County in Kabale District. He is arrested together with Mr Brian Mugabo, a clearing agent. He was allegedly soliciting a bribe from the proprietor of Aya Group,” the Uganda police said in a statement.

The pair, together with a third man believed to be the minister’s bodyguard, are being held at the Central Police Station in Kampala, according to the Daily Monitor.

In photos widely circulated on social media, Mr Kabafunzaki, donning a grey jacket and blue stripped shirt, is seen sitting on a chair at the Kampala Serena Hotel with arms folded as individuals believed to be Police officers go about collecting evidence of the alleged bribe.

On the table in front of him are Sh50,000 notes believed to be part of what he allegedly received as bribe.