The Deputy Speaker Parliament, Hon Jacob Oulanyah, named and shamed State Ministries that table false ministerial documents before the August House for the 2019/2020 financial year.
Oulanyah says it’s a sad to see ministry leaders deliberately failing to fulfil their supervisory duties required of them. He however directed the parliamentary committee on Rules, Privileges to carry on inquiries to find out why they had to do such a shameful thing before parliament.
Members of Parliament for two weeks now have been subjected to fake documents by cabinet Ministers which was noted during the presentation of the Uganda Airline deal.
Oulanyah, highlighted several ministries including Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Tourism, World life and Iniquities, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry.
“Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Agro Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Information and Communication, Technology and National Guidance.”
He adds that it’s shameful that Ministry leaders have failed to lead their supervisory duties allocated and expected of them.
“This is really! Really! unfortunate. Because those are signs that responsibilities are not met to the expectation of parliament. I am therefore sending a very strong call to the concerned ministers to bring their houses to order, so that we do not have a repeat of such mistakes again. It had happened before, it has happened again, please it should not happen again.”
“Indeed, I am very sorry that the ministries did not meet the required standards,” first Deputy Prime Minister Gen Moses Ali stated.
So, according to the Deputy Speaker, parliamentary Committee on Rules and Privileges should make inquiries to establish the origin of these fake document tabled before the August Assembly, by these Ministries.
“I therefore instruct the Rules and Privilege Committee to investigate this matter to consider proposing Amendment for the conservation of parliament so that every Ministry, Department and Agency can be penalized for this kind of thing.”
Oulanyah as a result decided to stop all parliamentary Committees from processing pending business asking them to focus on processing the Ministerial budget statements for the financial year 2019/2020, after failing to meet the stated deadline of 15 March 2019.
Oulanyah’s instructions may probably fail to be met, following many of the ministerial budget statements that went incompetent for a purpose for one-week time period, this is the second time Government Ministries are tabling false Documents before the August house. First on paper was the Uganda Airlines documents from the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“Hon Speaker I regret for that on myself, government, Ministry and the Company. I beg to withdrawal those documents laid on table and lay them afresh.”