Parliament orders investigation into irregularities in KCCA recruitment

By Alice Lubwama
Parliament has ordered for an investigation into alleged nepotism in recruitment of KCCA staff.

The directive by the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya to the presidential affairs committee came after the shadow minister for Kampala Betty Nambooze informed parliament how KCCA contracted 742 people on temporary basis, leaving out the staff who were offered jobs by public service.

Reports show that KCCA has 1.333 staff out of which 391 of whom are employed on permanent basis while other 742 are on temporary basis terms.

Nambooze through parliament wants the ministry of public service together with the minister for Kampala to urgently file a report to parliament stating how staff in KCCA employed on temporary terms are sourced, screened and remunerated.

Nambooze claims that she has evidence that the temporarily staff that were recruited at KCCA are relatives of ministers, MPs and other top government officials.

Nambooze add that this is the first assignment she has undertaken in KCCA as she assumes office of the shadow minister for KCCA.

Anti corruption coalition urges parliament to discuss audit reports

By Deo Wasswa

The anti corruption coalition Uganda has expressed concern over the delay by parliament to effectively discuss audits reports made by office of the auditor general warning that this promotes impunity and corrupt tendencies by government officials.

ACCU Executive director, Cissy Kagaba says from 2017 to date only 18 out of the 97 audit reports have been handled by the parliament.

Speaking during the validation of a report on selected implementation of value for money audit meeting at hotel Africana, Kagaba noted that the parliament should critically look at recommendations from the auditor general to avert worsening service delivery brought by some public official who steal public funds and walk away free.

MP Abiriga’s all yellow outfit catches legislators’ attention

Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga’s dress code has become a point of contention within Parliament. ¬†Abiriga on several occasions appears in parliament clad in a yellow Kaunda Suit, with a yellow round-neck T-shirt.

But other legislators say that Abiriga’s choice of color is akin to the prisoner’s uniform and therefore not in line with the acceptable dress code for members of parliament.

Rules 73 of the parliament rules of procedure stipulates that Members shall dress in a dignified manner and lists a number of acceptable outfits which legislators are expected to don while appearing before any formal session in the precincts of parliament.

These include a suit (a pair of long trousers, jacket, shirt and tie), a Tunic (Kanzu) and jacket or a Safari Suit, for male Members, a suit (a jacket, blouse and skirt) or dress for lady Members, decent traditional wear and military attire for Members of the Armed Forces.

The same rule also advises members to wear dignified shoes. However, Members may, with the prior leave of the Speaker, put on foot wear which may not necessarily be described as shoes.

This was a matter of debate as legislators convened on Thursday, for the afternoon plenary session chaired by Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.