The directive followed concerns by Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda over the failure by the Attorney General William Byaruhanga or the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Ephraim Kamuntu to respond to his earlier queries about the procurement process for the printing of ballot paper ahead of the 2021 general election.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca
Kadaga has directed that the Attorney General together with the Minister of
Justice and Constitutional Affairs explain controversies surrounding the procurement of ballot papers and the reported dismissal of staff at the Electoral Commission.
The directive followed concerns by
Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda over the failure by the Attorney
General William Byaruhanga or the Justice Minister
Ephraim Kamuntu to respond to earlier queries about the procurement process
for the printing of ballot paper ahead of the 2021 general election.
According to Ssemujju, the
Electoral Commission completed the bidding process and submitted papers to
the Attorney General for advice. However, the process was stopped after EC officials kicked out
a German Company Veridos Identity Solutions.
The MPs complaint comes after reports indicating
that eight EC senior officials had been fired amid an on-going investigation in
regard to the procurement process.
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The reports indicated that the
persons who were fired include the EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo, the
Director Finance and Administration Joseph Lwanga, Head of Procurement Godfrey
Wanyoto, EC Spokesperson Jotham Taremwa, the Director of Information Technology
Pontius Namugera, Networks Administrator Jordan Lubega, Data Specialists
Charles Musuza and Edgar Kasigwa.
It is alleged that the Electoral
Commission officials rejected a ballot paper printing bid from the German
Company, Veridos Identity Solutions which earlier in 2016 signed a joint
venture with Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to print money
and other security printing deals. The electoral body officials reportedly
declined to award the company the ballot paper printing deal for the 2021 polls,
since it is the same company entrusted with the transmission of poll results.
Now Speaker Kadaga has directed
that the matter should be placed on the order paper so that the Attorney
General William Byaruhanga or the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister
Ephraim Kamuntu provides an explanation to Parliament.