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MP Defends Self Against Corruption Allegations

Alioni Yorke Odria is accused of allegedly using his position as a member of the Public Accounts Committee PAC to solicit for a bribe from an accounting officer, who appeared before the committee to respond to queries raised in one of the Auditor Generals report. While giving his personal statement before the House today, Alioni, who claimed to be an avid crusader against corruption, says the reports are a direct attempt to discredit his image.
Aringa South MP, Odria Yorke Alioni

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Aringa South Member of Parliament, Alioni Yorke Odria, has dismissed reports pinning him on attempts to bribe a government accounting officer.

Alioni is accused of allegedly using his position as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to solicit for a bribe from an accounting officer, who appeared before the committee to respond to queries raised in one of the Auditor General's report.

While giving his personal statement before the House today, Alioni, who claimed to be an avid crusader against corruption, says the reports are a direct attempt to discredit his image.

“Cue In: “It is not true...

Cue Out: ...into this matter.”//

The Public Accounts Committee is currently scrutinising the Auditor General's reports spanning between 2013 and 2015.

The MP, who explained himself for close to nine minutes, says such allegations are aimed at also frustrating efforts by the committee to demand accountability from government officials. He notes that this could be an avenue by accounting officers to blackmail MPs against probing them.

He demands for an immediate investigation into the matter to clear his name.

//Cue In: “Through your good office...

Cue Out: ...Parliament.”//

Rule 46 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure provides for MPs to make personal explanations as a matter of personal nature but no controversial matter may be brought in the explanation nor may debate arise upon it.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says she will advise the House on the matter later.

During a meeting in July 2015 between PAC and accounting officers, Jenifer Musisi, the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) accused some MPs of harassment, while others would ask for facilitation to support them when they appear before the Committee.