By Watchdog reporter/agencies

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has defended the purchase of hundreds of erectile dysfunction pills when she visited Uganda recently.

Park visited Kampala to boost business and bilateral relations with Uganda.

Reports coming in say the South Korean president’s office purchased about 360 Viagra pills and the generic version of the drug ahead of her visit to Africa.

According to UK newspaper Daily Mail, Park’s office explained that the pills were bought to potentially treat altitude sickness for presidential aides and employees on her May trips to Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

The countries are said to be 1 to 2 kilometers (0.6 to 1.2 miles) above sea level.

The spokesman of the presidential Blue House Jung Youn-kuk said none of the pills were used during the trips.

During her visit in Uganda, park signed several deals with President Museveni including in the areas of defence, health, education, energy, ICT and industrialization sectors. Uganda and South Korea also agreed to sideline North Korea in exchange for Seoul military support.

Park who is under pressure from her party and countrymen to resign has been accused of letting a secretive friend manipulate government affairs and amass an illicit fortune.

Prosecutors said on Sunday they believe Park was collusively involved in the criminal activities of her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, and two presidential aides.

These aides are believed to have allegedly bullied companies into giving tens of millions of dollars to foundations and businesses Choi controlled adding “also enabled Choi to interfere with state affairs.”

 

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