By; Francis Lubega
17th June 2021
The Parliament Appointments Committee has declined to approve the appointment of Alice Kaboyo, as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori Region.
Kaboyo, a former State House aide is among several ministers that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appointed to serve in cabinet on 8th June.
While appearing before the committee chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among yesterday, Kaboyo failed to have her appointment approved purportedly basing on the June 2012 incident when the Anti-Corruption Court convicted her, after she pleaded guilty to some of the counts in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) case.
Kaboyo who was then co-accused with three former Health Ministers Jim Muhwezi, his deputies Mike Mukula and Dr. Alex Kamugisha was sentenced to a fine 20 million Shillings or an 8 year prison. She chose to pay the 20 million fine through the Representation of her late lawyer Bob Kasango, Kaboyo where Kaboyo pleaded guilty to two counts of abuse of office and writing documents in the name of the former Private Principal Presidential Secretary, Amelia Kyambadde.
Court learnt that out of the 524 million Shillings allegedly advanced to Kaboyo to prepare advocacy conferences, she had already refunded 250 million Gavi funds.
The presiding magistrate, Irene Akankwasa then sentenced Kaboyo to pay 5m Shillings on each of the four counts or a prison term of two years on each counts.
Meanwhile Parliament today is expected to conclude the vetting process of ministers closing with 21 ministers who are to be vetted today.