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US Warned AES

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th July 2002 03:00 AM

THE United States Department of Justice is reported to have alerted AES Corporation about the US$10,000 bribe a contractor in the Bujagali dam construction consortium gave a Ugandan official in 1999.

BY Yunusu Abbey THE United States Department of Justice is reported to have alerted AES Corporation about the US$10,000 bribe a contractor in the Bujagali dam construction consortium gave a Ugandan official in 1999. “When the US Department of Justice tipped AES about the bribe, the company immediately instituted a probe into the allegations,” said a source. “AES hired a reputable private firm that conducted the investigations. The investigators have since submitted their findings to AES, which in turn, sent its report to the US Department of Justice for perusal,” said the source. But The New Vision learnt on Tuesday that the US department of Justice was yet to make a final verdict on the allegations. “So we are now waiting for the Justice department’s final position over the matter. This will determine the course of action to take,” he said. Sarah Birungi, the spokesperson at the AES Nile Power offices in Kampala, said on Tuesday, “That issue is being handled by our parent company in Washington.” Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of energy, said, “We have never received any correspondence from AES about that bribery issue. But what we know is that AES instituted investigations into the matter.” The then minister of energy, Richard Kaijuka, had been accused of receiving the US$10,000 from Veidekke, a Norwegian company. The money was allegedly banked on his account abroad in 1999. But when Ugandan officials questioned him, Kaijuka reportedly said the money was banked on his account without his consent. It is still unclear how the depositors knew Kaijuka’s account number. It is also unknown what happened to the US$10,000. Kaijuka, who lost his ministerial post in an April 5, 1999 cabinet reshuffle, is now a director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, USA. Kaijuka told the Wall Street Journal last week that he did not receive any bribe. Veidekke, one of the partners in the Bujagali consortium, denied bribing any Ugandan official. Ends

US Warned AES

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