8 January 2013

Uganda: Govt Okays Tougher Anti-Corruption Bill

The fight against institutionalized graft is set to go a notch higher as MPs pushing for amendments to the Anti-Corruption Act , 2009 to provide for forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth are issued with a Certificate of Financial Implications.

The certificate which was issued recently by Finance Minister, Maria Kiwanuka, is in line with both the Budget Act and rule 107 of Parliamentary rules of procedure.

Section 10 of the Budget Act, for example, requires that all Bills that are tabled before the House can be adequately funded by government ounce the president assents it into law.

This is done through issuance of a certificate of financial implication by Ministry of Finance after a thorough study of all bills by its technocrats.

"We shall table this Bill when the House returns from recess in February," John Simbwa (Makindye East), one of the brains behind the bill told journalists at parliament on Tuesday, adding "this Bill will be a quantum leap in the fight against graft if it becomes law."

The development comes at a time when numerous donor countries have switched off Uganda's aid taps, citing the colossal scam in the Office of the Prime Minister where billions in donor funds meant for reconstruction programs in Northern Uganda were allegedly swindled.

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