Suspended state minister for labour, employment and industrial relations, Herbert Kabafunzaki pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting a sh15m gratification.

This was on Tuesday when his trial kicked off at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.

The charges were read out to Kabafunzaki together with his two aides by the Anti-Corruption Court judge Margaret Tibulya.

The minister’s aides are Brian Mugabo and a one Bruce Lubowa.

Before the charges were read out, the judge appointed three assessors who will help court to scrutinize evidence during the trial.

The judge has set August 10, as the date when the hearing of the case is slated to start.

 

On June 28, Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum committed Kabafunzaki and his co-accused to High Court for trial, after state attorney Barabra Kawuma told court that inquiries were complete.

 

Kabafunzaki, Brian Mugabo and a one Bruce Lubowa are battling corruption-related offences. The trio is purported to have solicited and obtained money from AYA Group chief executive officer Mohammed Hamid, in exchange to have his (Hamid) name cleared of sexual assault allegations against him.

Prosecution alleged that Kabafunzaki solicited a gratification from Hamid.