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House Adjourned Due to Absence of Finance Ministers

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has Thursday adjourned plenary sine die due to the absence of the Ministers from the Ministry of Finance, remedy Planning and Economic Development.

Plenary resumed yesterday on Wednesday after a period of close to three weeks without sittings but committee work has been going on.

According to Thursday’s Order paper, the Minister of Finance was supposed to table five tax bills for the second and third reading.

The bills on the order paper included; The Lotteries and Gaming Amendment Bill, 2017, The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, The Tax Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill, The Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill and The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill.

None of the Ministers from the Ministry was present by the time the Speaker took a decision to have the house sitting suspended sine die.

Kadaga said she was disappointed with government for delaying the budget process especially that neither the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija nor his four juniors was in the house to table the bills for the second and third reading.

The Ministers under the finance ministry include; Matia Kasaija, Gebriel Ajedra for General Duties, David Bahati for Planning, Evelyn Anite for Privatization and Haruna Kyeyune for Microfinance.

“Members I must express my disappointment with government, I called this house yesterday so that we facilitate the budget process by handling the tax bills but the owners of the bills are not here, so I want to adjourn the house sine die,” the Speaker noted.

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Earlier on the Speaker asked the first Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Mose Ali to explain why the finance ministers were absent during the sitting, who in response noted that he doesn’t own a register for the ministers.

“Maddam Speaker as I have always said, it would be expecting a miracle from me to know where my Ministers are because I don’t have a register for movement of the Ministers,” Gen. Ali said.

 

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