10 January 2013

Uganda: Anti-Corruption Amendment Bill Ready - Lawmaker

Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa is now ready to table his privately member's bill that seeks, among other provisions, to have properties of the corrupt seized, five months after he drafted it.

Ssimbwa attributed the delay to challenges in obtaining a certificate of financial implication from the ministry of Finance. Ntenjeru South MP Patrick Nsanja is co-sponsoring the bill, which is expected to be tabled before Parliament for the first reading, in the next session, which starts next month.

Ssimbwa explained that the bill aims to strengthen existing legal provisions to end corruption. He added that MPs had studied extensively to guard against the challenges that other private member's bills have faced.

"We have learnt from Ghana and we have also done benchmarking from Singapore where they have been with this law since 1989 and we know that we are going to table a fully prepared bill which will assist our country to overcome the problem of corruption."

Once passed into law, it will make it possible for the state to confiscate properties belonging to persons convicted of corruption. The law will also task employers with knowledge about the ownership of properties belonging to suspects to report to Police, DPP or IGG, who would then be mandated to investigate.

The bill also places the burden of expenses incurred during and after the process of prosecution on the convict.

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