Soroti municipality MP and former minister of state for Health, Capt George Michael Mukula, has told the anti-corruption court that he did not receive money from the GAVI Fund as alleged. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa, Mukula said his role in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) project was to offer policy guidance, direction and political mobilisation. “I did not receive the money, I did not catch the money and I did not smell the money in question … and there was no loss occasioned to government as alleged,” Mukula testified. The state alleges that, while serving as minister of state for Health (General Duties), Mukula requisitioned and signed for Shs 263.8 million on behalf of the First Lady, Janet Museveni, which money was part of the GAVI Fund. The first lady reportedly accounted for Shs 54m, leaving a balance of Shs 210 million, for which Mukula must account.
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