MINISTER FIGHTS CORRUPTION PROBE

UGANDA’S Vice President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, has defended herself against charges that her ministry mismanaged a World Bank-funded project. Speaking before Parliament on Tuesday, Kazibwe asked the House, which has demanded that she resigns as agriculture minister or face a censure motion, for “justice and fairness”. She urged the House to set up a “neutral body” to re-evaluate the allegations levelled against her ministry by a parliamentary select committee earlier this month.
The committee’s report focused on the controversial valley dam project which cost an estimated $3,4-million. The committee revealed irregularities in the tendering procedures and other malpractices, including some $677500 spent on car repairs—an average of $14490 a vehicle.

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