Minister Betty Amongi Refuses to Resign
Minister Betty Amongi Accuses Bamugemereire of Not Allowing her to Explain
Lands minister Betty Amongi has finally spoken out on calls to resign after the Bamugemereire commission of inquiry urged her to step down over controversial acquisition of prime city land and properties.
On Tuesday, Amongi appeared before the land commission sitting at the National Records Centre and Archives Building in Wandegeya in Kampala after snubbing summons twice.
Amongi faces accusations of using her influence as a minister to help her company Amobet get four prime properties.
Although Bamugemereire had told Amongi to step aside for flouting section 5 sub-sections 1 and section 12 sub-section 2 of the Leadership Code Act, the minister says she will not resign.
Minister Amongi Refuses to Resign
On Saturday, Amongi broached the issue of calls for her resignation while appearing on Capital Gang Show.
Amongi said she found a problem with the way the commissioners handled the inquiry.
“They wouldn’t let you tell them your issues,” Among said during the weekly Capital FM political talk show.
“I am telling you my issues here because you gave me an opportunity to talk and clarify.”
The minister added that the commissioners did not even want her to consult her lawyer.
“Even when my lawyer wanted to consult with me they would refuse. The style of the commission is much different.”
Consequently, Amongi says Bamugemereire’s calls for her to resign is simply an opinion — and she will not step down.
“That is her opinion,” Amongi said.
“I have facts speaking for me. Why should I [resign]?”