Rules Committee Set to Probe Minister Kasaija's Conduct

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In June this year, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed the Committee on rules, privileges and discipline chaired by Kalaki County MP Clement Ongalo-Obote to probe the minister who had allegedly launched an unprovoked attack on Parliament as he delivered the Budget Speech on June 8.

Parliament's Rules Committee is set to start its investigations on charges of contempt of parliament, filed against Finance minister Matia Kasaija.

In June this year, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed the Committee on rules, privileges and discipline chaired by Kalaki County MP Clement Ongalo-Obote to probe the minister who had allegedly launched an unprovoked attack on Parliament as he delivered the Budget Speech on June 8.

In his Speech, Kasaija intimated that Members of Parliament were corrupt and threatened to expose them.

The Minister is also accused of failing to appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry as summoned. He had been summoned by the committee to respond to queries on the disbursement of USD200-million loan that the government secured from the Preferential Trade Area-PTA Bank.

PAC chairperson Angeline Osegge explained that she personally made a phone call to Kasaija to discuss a way forward on the matter. However, Kasaija assured her that he wouldn't appear before PAC and hang up the phone. Similar accusations were also fronted by the then Trade Committee Chairperson, Kenneth Lubogo.

Despite his public apology before PAC, rules committee Vice Chairperson Abbas Agaba Mugisha today told URN that they are going ahead with the investigation as directed by the Speaker.
 
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Agaba said the probe was delayed by the parliamentary recess and other business before the committee which included, among others, amending the rules of procedure.
 
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Meanwhile, Agaba said that his committee will not be probing Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Information, Communication and Technology over his actions in relation to the registration of sim cards.  Tumwebaze had been accused of defying a parliament resolution on extending the deadline on Sim-card verification by a year, leading to the switching off of unregistered and unverified sim cards on May 19.
 
Agaba says that although the Speaker of Parliament had verbally directed the rules committee to probe Tumwebaze, she never allocated the matter formally to the committee and that it had been overtaken by events.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.