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MPs note that Azuba tabled the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Traffic and Road Safety Bill, 2019 on 17th July this year and attached the Certificate of Financial Implications for the Traffic and Road Safety Act, 1998 (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
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The Minister for Works and Transport, Eng. Monica Azuba has been
accused for tabling the Traffic and Road Safety Bill, 2019 with the wrong
certificate of financial implications.
Azuba tabled the Bill in July for its first reading and the committee on
Physical Infrastructure has been scrutinizing it.
However, during the processing of the Bill, the committee noted that the certificate
of financial implications was wrong.
MPs note that Azuba tabled the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Bill,
2019 Traffic and Road Safety Bill, 2019 on 17th July this year and
attached the Certificate of Financial Implications for the Traffic and Road
Safety Act, 1998 (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
The certificate was issued by the Minister for Finance, Matia Kasaija on 4th
The Public Finance and Management Act, 2015 provides that the every bill
presented to parliament, both by government and private members of parliament
must be accompanied by a certificate of financial implications issued by the finance
It indicates the impact of the Bill on the economy and also
government commitment that once the bill is enacted into law, it will be
Kasaija said that the 2018 bill has net positive implications on the
resource framework because implementing proposed amendments to the Traffic
and Road Safety Act,1998 will generate surplus revenues of shillings 148.45
billion from levies on issuance of licenses for public service vehicles and driver
The Bill seeks to provide for licensing of driving schools and
instructors, provide for a driver’s license validity period of five years.
The changes are expected to result in improving the regulation of
motor vehicles; passenger and cargo transport services, improve the rating of
Uganda’s road transport which translate into reduced fatalities and accidents
such as road crashes and better vehicle and road asset management among others.
The Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Works, Waiswa Bageya says that
the wrong certificate of financial implications was attached to the Bill presented
He says his ministry made the mistake to attach the wrong
certificate to the Bill. On July 10, 2019, Bageya wrote to the Clerk to
Parliament, forwarded the Bill with the certificate of financial implications
and also requested that the Bill is scheduled for its first reading.
However, Bageya says that he attached the wrong certificate and
has since written to the finance ministry to issue a fresh certificate, the
right one for the Bill. He says there is only need to change the year of the
Bill but the object and its impact on the economy are the same as those cited
in the wrong certificate.
However, Isingiro South County MP,Alex Bakunda Byarugaba
says technocrats at the works ministry should have rectified the mistake before
the Bill was presented to Parliament.
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Opposition Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says that the 1995
Constitution, Public Finance and Management Act, 2015 and Parliament’s rules of
procedure provide every Bill introduced in Parliament must be accompanied by
its specific Certificate of financial implications.
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Koboko County Mp, James Baba, a member of the physical
infrastructure committee has however downplayed Ssemujju’s concerns that the
committee should stop processing the Bill because Azuba presented a wrong
certificate of financial implications.