Wednesday, September 27, 2023 –Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has taken issue with two active Bills on corruption now in Parliament.
In his latest statement in a meeting with both the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission EACC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI, Mr. Mudavadi faulted two controversial Bills from two Members of Parliament that seems to clear wrong doers in public offices.
“Meanwhile, two Bills currently before the National Assembly raise significant concerns in the ongoing battle against corruption.
“Both are titled the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Amendment Bill, 2023. One is proposed by Hon. Peter Kaluma, and the other seeks amendments presented by Hon. Geoffrey Ruku,” revealed Mudavadi.
He argued that the two bills, if passed and enacted into law, have the potential to reverse the progress achieved in the fight against corruption.
Hon. Kaluma’s Bill aims to amend the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 by removing the provision disqualifying individuals convicted of corruption or economic crimes from holding public office.
On the other hand, Hon. Ruku’s Bill seeks to decriminalize certain aspects of public procurement, property disposal, contract tendering, fund management, and expenditure.
Mudavdi now says, if these proposed amendments are accepted, they will open the door for individuals with corruption histories to hold public office, and offer significant leniency to those inclined toward corrupt practices within the public sector.
“This is not to say I do not respect the independence of our government’s branches. I recognize the substantial interdependence among them. Therefore, I kindly request the two Members of Parliament (MPs) to consider withdrawing their bills,” he added.
The Prime CS concluded by urging the two MPs to consider withdrawing their Bills from Parliament.
This statement coming at the time EACC led by Bishop David Oginde is seeking more funding from government to help combat escalating corruption in the country.