Mbabazi Meets PAC Members of Kenyan Parliament


patient sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 150%;”>He said Government fully supports PAC in performing its oversight function to the extent that many Government officials including the President himself have many times appeared before the oversight committee even when there is no law that compels the head of State to appear before the committee.

Mbabazi made the remarks on Thursday while meeting members of the Public Accounts Committee of the Kenyan Parliament who were led by the PAC committee Chairman, Ababu Namwamba, an opposition member of Parliament from Coalition for Reforms and Democracy(CORD)under the leadership of Raila Odinga.

Like Uganda, the Public Accounts Committee in Kenya is chaired by the opposition in Parliament.

The Kenyan Members of Parliament are in the country on an experience sharing study tour regarding the role of the oversight function and how PAC interfaces with the Executive.

“Are you really PAC members?” Mbabazi asked before jokingly saying that they did not appear as tough as members of the Ugandan Parliament PAC who are always ready to grill public officials they summon to answer audit queries.

During the meeting at his office, Mbabazi gave an insight into Uganda’s institutional and legal framework which he said has been built since NRM came to power in 1986, adding that fighting corruption was part of their Ten Point Programme.

He highlighted some of the institutions leading the crusade against corruption such as the Inspectorate of Government and the Anti- corruption court, adding that Government is looking at the possibility of amending the Constitution to give more powers to the IGG to fully investigate and prosecute cases without referring to other power centers.

Flanked by the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government business in Parliament, Gen. Moses Ali, Mbabazi said Government is building the capacity to investigate corruption and is also considering passing the Qui tam law which will enable members of the public to prosecute corrupt officials and benefit from the stolen resources when recovered.

“The media has continued to play a great role in exposing corruption, although some media houses are often guilty of publishing falsehoods,” Mbabazi said.

He hailed the relationship between the two countries and expressed Uganda’s commitment to integration process of the East African community.

The Kenyan Parliament PAC Chairman said they have learnt many lessons and applauded Government for supporting institutions responsible for fighting corruption.

“I don’t remember any incident when we were divided along party lines in the course of executing our duties,” said the Kenyan legislator when explaining how they have managed to do their work.

The visiting Kenyan legislators who also included, Julius Melly, Jackson Rop, James Bett, Abbas Ibrahim and Charles Mong’are observed that their Committee gives more time to public officials to answer queries compared to their Ugandan counterparts.


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