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Minister Kasaija to Face Disciplinary Action over Contempt of Parliament

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija before Parliament committee (Archieve photo)

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has expressed disappointment with the conduct of the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija who treated Parliament with contempt.

The Speaker’s anger rose after being briefed that the Minister has on several occasions ridiculed members of Parliament sitting on different committees as well as failing to show up when invited.

On Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairperson, Angelina Osege told members that the Minister had become a stabling block in the committee pursuit to investigate whereabouts of the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) funds that were approved by Parliament.

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Osege said the Committee on June 7th, 2017 invited the Governor Bank of Uganda, the Accountant General, the Auditor General, Minister of Health, the General Manager, NMS, Executive Director, REA, PSST and PS Ministry of Works for a meeting.

“The committee called for a follow up meeting on Thursday, inviting the Ministry of Health with the PS, the General Manager NMS, The Minister of Finance, PSST and the accountant General; all the entities received their letters and there were no regrets until today 10 am when we received the letter from the Ministry of Finance saying that he wasn’t able to attend,” Osege reported to the house.

“On receipt of the letter, I the Chairperson phoned the Minister on his mobile phone in an attempt to establish a way forward; to my dismay and surprise, the Minister stated that PAC cannot do anything, he could not and shall not come and hung up.”

The infuriated committee chair said they such behavior was unacceptable and noted that the committee would nonetheless proceed with the inquiry next week on Tuesday.

“If necessary, the committee shall evoke the High Court powers as enshrined in the Article 90 clause 3 (c) of the constitution of the republic of Uganda to enforce attendance of the Minister and the Financial officials.”

In response, Speaker Kadaga said she was shocked on 8th June when the Minister unprovoked decided to attack Parliament, saying that it was corrupt.

“For those two reasons, I am referring the honorable Matia Kasaija MP, Buyanja county to the rules committee for indiscipline,’ Kadaga ruled.

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