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Former minister Bakoru returning home



President Yoweri Museveni with former minister Zoe Bakoko Bakoru


Former Labour and Gender minister, Zoe Bakoko Bakoru, is returning home on Friday next week, according to family.

The minister has been in exile for 10 years now in the United States.

Bakoko was connected to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) when the Fund’s board chairman Onegi Obel caused $4.7m (Shs12b) loss of workers’ money in a deal for a housing project at Nsimbe estates.

Prosecution alleged that while as a minister, she abused office by approving a private company to enter into a joint venture with NSSF, which caused NSSF to lose $4.7.

In February 2007, the then Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Margaret Tibulya issued arrest warrants for Bakoko, businessman Isabirye Mugoya and former NSSF managing director Leonard Mpuuma after the trio defied court summonses to respond to charges of causing loss of millions of dollars to NSSF.

Bakoko fled to exile to avoid incarceration.

She met President Museveni in New York last year and asked him to allow her return.

He elder sister, Cecilia Faith Bakoko, told Daily Monitor, Bakoru has dedicated her life to serving the country and now wants to return home.

The newspaper says government will facilitate Bakoko’s return and ensure her security.

Bakoko has been living in the US East Coast state of Delaware, volunteering and counselling youth from disadvantaged background and teaching Americans about Uganda.



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