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Red-handed: How Nakalema’s detectives caught Museveni private secretary Kembabazi pressurizing EC officials to employ her relatives

President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s private secretary Caroline Kembabazi could have compelled officials in the Electoral Commission (EC) human resource department to employ her relatives had one of these officials not sought the help of Lt Col Edith Nakalema and her State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SH-ACU).

Sometime between November and December 2020, Kembabazi had driven to EC headquarters in Kampala and told officials in the human resource department to hire her relatives Kenneth Magezi, Duncan Muramuzi and Elia Abomeire as district assistant registrars.

Kembabazi had told the EC officials that her boss Museveni had ordered that her relatives be recruited into the EC structures.

President Museveni's private secretary Caroline Kembabazi in the dock at Buganda Road Court in Kampala on December 17.
Caroline Kembabazi in the dock at Buganda Road Court in Kampala on December 17. Courtesy Photo

She had threatened to take action against the human resource personnel if they didn’t employ her relatives.

But on the fateful day Kembabazi, 31, a resident of Kireka in Kira Division of Wakiso District, was nabbed, an official from the EC had called SH-ACU whose detectives swung into action and found the president’s private secretary reportedly intimidating human resource officers.

She would then get arrested but released on police bond.

On December 17, she appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu read to her the charges of giving false information to the EC in order to have her three relatives employed.

Kembabazi denied the charges.

Kamasanyu denied her bail and remanded her to Kigo Prison until January 06, 2021.

Pearl Times Reporter
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