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Kabafunzaki’s aide says not guilty, remanded to Luzira prison

COURTESY PHOTOS showing police detectives processing and sorting money they say was a bribe for Kabafunzaki (middle).

Brian Mugabo, the Political Assistant to embattled Labour Minister Herbert Kabafunzaki has been remanded to Luzira prison on fresh charges of corruption.

Mugabo, who was brought from Kigo Government prison on Wednesday to receive sentence following a guilty plea he entered last week,  astonished court when he informed it that he never understood what was read to him previously.

Last week Mugabo admitted having hidden sh5m while at Serena Hotel in Kampala after knowing that it had been  accepted by the minister as a bribe.

Prosecution’s Babra Kauma meanwhile slapped on Mugabo with an amended charge sheet dropping the charge of being an accessory and now faces charges of corruption jointly with the Minister.

Mugabo has now pleaded not guilty to the new charges. Mugabo, together with Bruce Lubowa an interior designer and Kabafunzaki were arrested at Serena Hotel in Kampala on April 8 after allegedly receiving bribe money from an investor Muhammed Hamid, as an inducement to clear him from allegations of sexual harrasment by his former employee.

Court thereafter said he had failed to produce sufficient documentation to support his bail application and was sent on remand until May 4th when prosecution will inform the court on the position of investigations. Co accused Lubowa was  granted bail of sh3m, following that granted to Kabafunzaki.

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