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Ugandan Court Frees Three Ministers on Bail After Graft Charges

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A Ugandan magistrate granted bail to three government ministers after charging them with corruption related to a hotel-expansion project that cost the government 14 billion shillings ($4.9 million).

Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, John Nasasira, the government’s chief whip, and Mwesigwa Rakutana, minister of state for labor, denied the charges when they appeared before magistrate Irene Akankwasa in the anti-corruption division of the High Court in Kampala, the capital, today. All three posted bail of 40 million shillings each, the magistrate said.

--Editors: Paul Richardson, Hilton Shone.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala via Nairobi at

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