GAVI funds scandal returns to haunt Alice Kaboyo

The Parliament Appointments Committee on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Alice Kaboyo as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Luwero Triangle-Rwenzori region over her 2012 conviction for embezzling the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) funds.

Kaboyo, a former State House employee, was convicted in June 2012 by the anti-Corruption court and received an eight-year-jail-term or a fine of Shs 20 million. She chose to pay the fine.

This conviction came hanging over her head as she appeared before the parliamentary vetting committee, almost
nine years later.

Kaboyo who was then co-accused with three former Health Minister, Jim Muhwezi, his deputies Mike Mukula and Dr. Alex Kamugisha in the mismanagement of GAVI funds meant for treatment of children infected with HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.

Represented by late lawyer Bob Kasango, Kaboyo pleaded guilty to two counts of abuse of office and writing documents in the name of the former Private Principal Presidential Secretary, Amelia Kyambadde.

In rejecting her ministerial appointment, the committee cited the Anti- Corruption Act which prohibits a convict to serve in a public office for a period of 10 years. 

All the committee members voted against except Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu (Army) and Alex Ndeezi (PWDs).

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