Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda defends himself.
Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has defended himself against reports citing him amongst individuals
behind the fraudulent Shs52Bn emergency posho and beans supplied to Ugandans affected by the lock
down aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus in Uganda.
Taking to his official Twitter handle last night, Rugunda asked his over 139,000 followers to disregard
reports that linked him to the scandal that indicated that he, alongside President Yoweri Museveni and
wife, Janet Museveni fronted Aponye Limited to supply the now scandal plagued beans and posho to
Ugandans who were left with no income and food following the lockdown.
The Prime Minister’s statement comes at the time Edith Nakalema, head of State House Anti Corruption
team arrested top officials of the Office of the Prime Minister, for allegedly inflating prices of posho and
beans amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Nakalema team accused; Christine Guwatudde, Permanent Secretary, OPM, Joel Wanjala- Assistant
Commissioner Procurement, Fred Lutimba and Martin Owor- Commissioner Disaster Management of
inflating prices of these items and refusing lower prices quoted by other suppliers.
It should be recalled that this week, Parliament approved the Shs284Bn supplementary budget for
COVID19 intervention and OPM was allocated Shs52Bn to be used to purchase food, with Parliament
recommending to the Executive to look for additional funding to provide these items to other districts,
apart from the 2 Million people earmarked in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.