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    MPs Fear To Vote On Mobile Money Tax, Walk Out Of The House 

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    Members of Parliament have this afternoon walked out of the house forcing the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah to adjourned it to Tuesday next week after a heated debate on the Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2018 which calls for amendment of the Mobile Money tax levy from 1% on all transactions to 0.5% on withdraws.

    Oulanyah made the decision after Oyam South MP, Betty Amongi rose on the point of procedure challenging the lack of quorum as the committee of the whole house had sat to handle the bill clause by clause.

    The members had earlier agreed that since the motion was so contentious, they would vote on each clause by show of hands and a good number had voted to delete clause 2 which among others provides for doing away with the entire 0.5% tax on mobile money.

    The presiding officer was later forced to suspend the house to allow in more members so as to have the required quorum of 154 as opposed to the 97 members that were present then.

    “Members, I am required to suspend the house for 15 minutes to allow members in the house and then come back so that we make a decision,” Oulanyah said.

    He however warned that, “Even if the matter is deferred to another date or a year ahead, the result are likely to be the same.”

    The house later resumed after the 15 minutes break but worse still there were a few members than those present during the time of suspension and the Deputy Speaker gave space to the Minister Betty Among to respond to the concerns of land evictions in Nakaseke district.

    This prompted the Opposition Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda to rise on a point of procedure challenging the fact that NRM senior members were demobilizing members from returning to the house.

    “We take Parliament business to be very serious for which we swore to protect, what signal shall we be sending to the public that the same Minister who stood here to fail Parliament conduct business is given the same platform to begin talking to Parliament,” Ssemujju said.

    “I have seen colleagues, my friend Commissioner Peter Ogwang mobilizing MPs to get out of Parliament; we must not be physical present but we must be in the shape to transact business,”

    “You see colleagues and Ministers mobilizing themselves to get out of the house; if the purpose of Government was to fail Parliament business today and as a speaker you must priorities government business, why do we keep here pretending when those running the state don’t want us to continue with business.”

    Oulanyah would later rule that the House be adjourned to next week since several members had showed to interest in the business that was following that included Ministers responding to question that were raised by legislators.

    The bill had appeared before the House for the second and third reading and ot would thus be passed in totality or with amendments.

    A number of members were in support of the Minority report of the committee on Finance that was signed by Nakaseke South MP, Paulsen Kasana Lutamaguzi, Patrick Isiagi Opolot and Moses Walyomu which recommended that the Excise duty (Amendment) No.2, Bill of 2018 be passed with an amendment that the entire excise duty on mobile money transactions be scrapped.

     

    By Stella Mugoya

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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