Prime Minister Rt. Hon Ruhakana Rugunda has dismissed reports doing rounds that Minister Idah Erios Nantaba, the Minister of State for Information and Communications Technology fled the country for fear of her life.
During the Thursday Prime Minster question time, Hon Roland Mugume asked the Prime Minister to clear the air on allegations that the Kayunga woman MP is seeking political asylum in Canada.
‘ ‘I have received information that Hon Idah Nantaba is seeking political asylum in Canada. What is gov’t position on this? ‘’ the MP asked.
Hon. Rugunda said, said Hon. Nantaba is out of the country officially.
‘ ‘The Hon minister is out of the country officially and on official duties. I dismiss the assertion. I authorized her travel’’ he said.
Hon. Nantaba has kept a low profile since she ‘survived’ assassination in March this year.
Ms Nantaba in May said Ronald Sebulime, whom police later shot dead, had trailed and wanted to kill her. The minister subsequently said President Museveni had directed her to stay put at home as a result of imminent threat to her life.
The prime minister also denied claims that their Mafia’s in the government
‘I have also heard about the reports of mafias in government in the media. As far as I know, we don’t know of any mafias in government’’ the PM said in response to Hon Elijah Okupa on whether he does not preside over a mafia government following reports of attempts on Hon Evelyn Anite.
The term mafia, which originated in Sicily, Italy, became popular in Uganda in 2005 when the then vice president, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, raised alarm, when he claimed powerful mafia in government wanted to finish him off.
The term Mafia in Uganda, is now used as a collective to refer to bureaucrats or power brokers who act with impunity to amass wealth and can destroy or eliminate those who expose them or stand in their way.
Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, during a press conference in May hit out at “mafias in government” who perpetrate graft and whose transgressions, she alleged, went unpunished.