‘Concerned citizens’ petition Speaker against Hon. Sam Kutesa
A group of concerned citizens has presented a petition to the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, against the conduct of Hon. Sam Kutesa – the minister for Foreign Affairs. The group of four including David Bala, Simon Peter Esomu, Henry Byansi and Martin Twomo called on the speaker on Friday afternoon to request to handle and expedite the petition in her mandate as Speaker of Parliament.
Speaking on behalf of the group of four, David Bala cited various reports in local and international media in November 2017 that reported that the Justice Department of the United States of America had implicated Kutesa in money laundering activities under an alleged charity organization known as “The Uganda Foundation”.
The group cited that Kutesa’s presidency of the 10th UN General Assembly has also been queried by the public. “It should be remembered that Ho. Kutesa’s moral authority to occupy the position of United Nations General Assembly’s presidency was highly contested through petitions at local and international organs,” reads the petition to the Speaker.
The petition makes demands to the speaker to set up a committee or refer the matter to an appropriate committee for investigations and also move a motion to impeach the Foreign Affairs minister; lest the group would be constrained to refer the matter to court, to compel Parliament to execute the matter.
Kadaga appreciated the concerns of the group of concerned citizens and promised to take up the queries at hand and seek a way forward with a promise to get back to them in two weeks. She highlighted that the group had a right to demand for accountability from their leaders.
On November 20th, 2017, Hon. Sam Kutesa was named in US court documents as having allegedly received a $500,000 (about Shs1.8 billion) bribe to help a Chinese energy company secure business advantages in Uganda.