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Oulanyah Orders Investigation Of The Budget Committee

The deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has directed the committee on rules privileges and discipline to investigate allegations of bribery leveled against the budget committee.
The deputy speaker of parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has directed the committee on rules privileges and discipline to investigate allegations of bribery leveled against the budget committee.

 

Oulanyah’s directive follows a heated debate in the House on Friday in which Leader of Opposition, Nandala Mafabi accused members of the budget committee of being compromised while reviewing the 2011/2012 budget estimates.

 

The committee had early this week retreated to Victoria Serena Hotel in Lweza to look into the budget and identify less essential areas within the budget and transfer the allotted monies towards enhancing salaries for civil servants.

 

But the members came out of the three-day retreat and announced that they found no money on the budget.

 

Mafabi however told the House that he has evidence that each member of the budget committee, which is headed by Kyamuswa Member of Parliament, Tim Lwanga, was given one million shillings daily during the retreat so as to doctor the report. The Budadiri West legislator went on the claim that contrary to the procedure, where the Parliamentary Commission meets the expenditure of all MPs while on assignment, he has evidence that the ministry of finance footed the 30 million shilling bill for the retreat.

 

But the accusations were not taken lightly by Tim Lwanga, who took offence and demanded that Mafabi either substantiates the claims or be ruled out of order. Lwanga said, though that he did not know the source of the money used to pay for their retreat and that it was none of his business.

 

He insisted that no one was bribed.

 

Shadow finance minister, Geoffrey Ekanya also defended Lwanga and his committee arguing that the report was not doctored in any way. But Rukiga MP, Jack Sabiiti said he was shocked that Ekanya, the Tororo County MP was defending a report which had a number of resolutions altered. He told the House that during the retreat, the MPs had discovered over 50 billion shillings to be used to enhance teachers’ salaries, but that part is not included in the report which Ekanya was defending.

 

This prompted the deputy speaker to call for an investigation.

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