The ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM has
cautioned party legislators to desist from acts of corruption as they execute their
work on different parliamentary committees in the Eleventh Parliament.
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the party Secretary General
made the remarks as she delivered her speech to newly sworn in members of the 11th Parliament under the NRM parliamentary caucus at Kololo
The legislators were convened on Monday afternoon by
the party Chairman, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to express their interest in serving
on different Standing and Sectoral Committees of Parliament.
In her address, Lumumba told MPs that the party
Central Executive Committee – CEC in the Tenth Parliament was forced to disband
the entire committee membership before its tenure elapsed after corruption
tendencies had been reported.
“You have special roles. Before you check excesses of
others like the Executive and the Judiciary, first check excesses of Parliament.
It is our responsibility to fight corruption,” said Lumumba.
Lumumba added that the party has evidence that some
committee members solicit money from different heads of government entities.
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She added that in some instances, committee members
decline to sign reports before they are paid.
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In August 2017 during the Tenth Parliament, bribery
claims hit the Physical Infrastructure Committee, then chaired by former Luweero
Woman MP Lillian Nakate that was investigating how Societe Generale De
Surveillance (SGS), a Swiss firm won the deal to conduct motor vehicle
inspection in Uganda
SGS was on the spot for reportedly offering bribes to
legislators to tilt their findings on its operations in Uganda.
Suspicion that money could have exchanged hands
between Members of Parliament and officials of SGS came to light during a
closed-door meeting between the company and the Physical Infrastructure
committee of Parliament.
The company signed a USD 12.5 million-contract with
the government in 2015 to carry out routine inspection of vehicles under
"Safe Drive Uganda," a road safety campaign intended to ensure
vehicle road-worthiness and reducing carnage on the roads in the country.
The contract required that 10 percent concessional
fees are paid to the government while SGS earns up to 90 percent of the
inspection fees. However, as the investigation took shape, SGS agents reportedly
approached a technical officer attached to the committee offering him up to 35
million Shillings to author a favorable report. URN also received information
indicating that several members of the committee were approached individually
by SGS agents in what could be another attempt to compromise them.
But the Committee boss Nakate and her Vice Chairman Wilson
Nsamba Kumama refuted the claims.
But later the Former Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa appeared on the floor of parliament and disbanded the committee members and
proposed a new team.