of Herbert Kabafunzaki, the former State Minister for Labour has drawn mixed
reactions in Rukiga county, Rukiga district.
Last week, Justice
Margaret Tibulya of the Anti-Corruption Court found the former minister guilty
of soliciting a bribe of 5 million Shillings in 2017. According to the prosecution
Kabafunzaki directly solicited and accepted the bribe from Hamid Muhammed, the
Chairperson of Aya Group of Companies as an inducement to clear him of sexual
abuse allegations by his former employee, Jamila Opondo.
Tibulya ordered Kabafunzaki to pay a fine of 10 million Shillings or serve a
three-year jail term. Kabafunzaki was also barred from holding any public
office for ten years and ordered to forfeit the 5 million Shillings he paid for
his bail for absconding from the court proceedings.
also issued a warrant of arrest directing security agencies to arrest
Kabafunzaki on-site and produce him in the court to comply with the respective
orders and sentence.
Gonza Patirisi, a resident of Mukibaati in Kashambya sub-county, says that
Kabafunzaki should pay for his sins. He says that being a Minister at the time of his arrest, he should
have led by example.
Gonza, the conviction of Kabafunzaki should be an eye-opener to other
“as Rukiga district we…
“nka abanya rukiga…
Byamukama a resident of Nyakasa village in Bucundura parish, Kashambya sub-county
says that Kabafunzaki should have been fined shillings 50 million and handed
10-year imprisonment at the same time.
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fining kabafunzaki 10…
“nyowe ndaruga bucundura…
Success, a resident of Muhanga town council says that fining Kabafunzaki and barring
him from holding office for 10 years is not fair. She says that several
government officials have engaged in corruption tendencies but are still
holding ministerial positions.
that barring Kabafunzaki from holding any public office for 10 years is
politically influenced and aimed at suffocating his political future.
“ndareeba ebibonerezo ebi…
Barigayomwe, the Rukiga District Youth Chairperson says that the judge should
have been lenient and bar Kabafunzaki from holding any public office for at
least five years but not 10.
//Cue in “mbweenu nyowe nka…
a voter from Bukinda sub-county says that the judge should have ordered
Kabafunzaki to only refund shillings 5 million that he solicited from Mohammed.
Muganda also says that the judge should have sentenced the former minister to at least six
months instead of barring him from holding public office for 10 years.
According to Muganda, many voters in Rukiga still have hopes in Kabafunzaki.
“bakabeire nibeija kugyira…
came to the limelight in Rukiga county in 2015 while promoting tea growing and
sports in Rukiga County. In the same year, Kabafunzaki who was the then Makinde
A Division LCV Councilor started Kigezi Good Samaritan Football Club.
In the same
year, Kabafunzaki surprised voters when he contested for the Rukiga County
Member of Parliament on the National Resistance Movement party ticket.
In 2016, Kabafunzaki
defeated Jack Crissy Sabitti, of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
Last year, Kabafunzaki
was defeated by Adison Kakuru in the NRM party primaries. Kabafunzaki then
contested as an Independent candidate in the 2021 general elections but lost to