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MP Simbwa Cleared To Table Anti-corruption Amendment Bill

Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa has finally acquired a Certificate of Financial Implication from the ministry of finance which has been the only hindrance to move his bill against corruption forward. Ssimbwa’s bill seeks to have all property acquired through corruption confiscated.

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Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa has finally acquired a Certificate of Financial Implication from the ministry of finance which has been the only hindrance to move his bill against corruption forward.

 

Section 10 of the Budget Act requires that all bills presented before parliament, both government and private members bills, should first be cleared by the Ministry of Finance by certifying that government has the financial capacity to implement the bill.

 

Ssimbwa, who had accused government of trying to frustrate his bill which seeks to confiscate property acquired through corruption, is now glad that finance minister Maria Kiwanuka has given him the clearance he needed to move the proposed law forward.

 

Ssimbwa told journalists that he is ready to table the bill before parliament for the first reading when the house resumes in February. He called upon Ugandans to be optimistic saying that now there is hope for better service delivery in the country because he is certain this bill will curb down corruption.

 

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Ssimbwa said that if this Anti corruption legal framework is passed by parliament, it will give Ugandans hope of recovering the money lost through corruption by selling their property. He said that now the people who have been saying that he was intimidated or bought by government to abandon the bill will now realize that not all Ugandans are intimidated.

 

He said that he has done benchmarking in countries which have successfully implemented the confiscation law and that he now knows where there are challenges and how the law can work best.

 

Some of the countries which have this law in place, Ssimbwa says, are Zambia, Ghana and Singapore.

 

The proposed Anti-corruption Amendment bill 2012 seeks to amend certain provisions of the Anti-corruption Act 2009 to incorporate a new legal framework aimed at the recovery of the benefits accrued by government officials and civil servants through corruption.

 

He moved the motion to table the bill mid last year but was waiting for clearance from the ministry of finance to table the bill in the house.

 

According to the World Bank, Uganda loses at least 300 million US dollars, or 700 billion Uganda shillings in corruption each year. Yesterday, the Uganda government returned 4 million Euros of Irish aid money which had been diverted without authorisation by staff in the Office of the Prime Minister.

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