President of Uganda suspected of a large bribe from a chinese businessman


Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and country’s Foreign Minister Sam Kuteza may have received a bribe of 500,000 dollars from the Energy Fund Committee, which is run by Chinese businessman Patrick Ho. This was reported by The Africa Exponent, referring to court documents in the United States.

In the US, Ho was found guilty after an annual arrest for which he was taken in November 2017. He was charged with five counts of conspiracy and attempted bribery under the American Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as three counts of money laundering involving separate schemes involving officials in Chad and Uganda.

It says that Ho tried to give a bribe to the president of Chad – Idriss Deby, with $2 million hidden in eight gift boxes in 2014. According to a testimony by Senegalese Foreign Ex-Minister, Cheikh Gadio, Deby said he would not accept the money as he did not want to be seen as corrupt. The parties then agreed to redirect the money and cast it as a donation to the people of Chad, and not a personal gift to the president. The court acquitted Ho on the money laundering charge involving the $2 million but convicted him on every other count surrounding the scheme.

Earlier Yoweri Museveni said he miscalculated when he introduced political positions in district local governments under the impression that the move would curb corruption in the public service.  He told anti-corruption activists that Uganda had been plagued by six major problems when he came to power in 1986.

These were extrajudicial murders, lack of democracy, collapse of the economy, collapse of infrastructure, poaching and corruption.