Ugandan president dismisses health ministry procurement chief over alleged bribe demand

Gurjit Degun
1 September 2014

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1 September 2014 | Gurjit Degun

The head of procurement at the Ugandan government's Ministry of Health has been dismissed for allegedly asking for a bribe from an Italian investor.

According to a statement from The State House of Uganda, Frank Mugisha asked for a bribe of 20 per cent of the total project he was handling to finalise a procurement process.

President Yoweri Museveni received a complaint from Enrica Pinetti, the chairman of Finasi Company, a project developer and consultancy, which was bidding for the government contract. 

The statement added: “In a meeting between President Museveni, ministry officials and the investors at State House Entebbe, the president directed that Mugisha be removed with immediate effect and be replaced with a devoted civil servant who cannot steal.

“‘How can you keep a thief in the ministry? And how are you going to counsel a thief? A thief is a thief. He should be removed," he said.

“The President pointed out that Finasi Company came to Uganda at his request to build a first class hospital to deal with complicated problems such as kidney and heart operations.

"I requested them to come to Uganda to deal with kidney and heart problems so that people stop travelling to India for treatment," he said.

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