An angry legislator from the opposition FDC party, Hon. Naboth Namanya of Rubabo county, this afternoon after plenary confronted the embattled Museveni minister for science and technology also a presidential advisor, Dr. Monica Musenero.
Musenero had today showed up at parliament to interface with the finance committee probing her gross mismanagement of over UGX 21b that was allocated to her in the supplementary budget to manufacture a local COVID-19 vaccine.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the thieving presidential advisor capitalized on the moment and lured a fearful Museveni into signing an executive order instructing the Finance Ministry to allocate to her some whooping amount of money to kick-start the production of a Covid vaccine after government anticipated a global shortage in the vaccines.
However 2 years down the road, Musenero does not have anything tangible to show, something that prompted the Ntungamo municipality MP Yona Musinguzi to spearhead a probe into her project. It was later established that Musenero used most of the money to employ her own husband Prof. Masanaza and the relatives in a fictional laboratory. This is what last week infuriated MPs into casting a censure motion to relieve her of her ministerial duties citing gross mismanagement of taxpayers money.
It is against this background that one lawmaker this afternoon confronted Musenero live on air as she ttied to speak to the media.
The MP shouted at the peak pf his vpice questioning Musenero’s medical background.
“Are you even a doctor? Which kind of doctor are you that does not even know that before you do anything like a vaccine production, you have to consult the National Drug Authority-NDA?,” yelled the MP as Musenero’s security detail watched on. “You may be exonerated but we shall follow up. You cannot misuse taxpayers money and go scot free. How can you steal tax payers money in such a way?,” he added as he walked off.
All the melodrama ensued with press cameras onset capturing every bit of it. Musenero who appeared confused and frightened went on with her interview in a faint voice when the embittered lawmaker walked away.