Legislators have passed the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill will spells out severe and deterrent penalties for persons convicted of causing financial losses to government.
Parliament on July 1 resumed consideration of the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill, clinic http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php 2013 after it had been deferred to allow for further consultations.
It was not until July 7, more about http://chirurgieginecologica.ro/wp-admin/includes/export.php that the legislation was passed with majority support in the House.
The Private Members’ Bill will amend the Anti-Corruption Act, doctor http://dcointl.com/wp-admin/includes/misc.php 2009 to provide for mandatory confiscation of property of persons convicted of offences under the Act.
The mover of the Bill, Hon. John Ssimbwa (NRM, Makindye East), said that the proposed law is “intended to ensure that government or any other company or organization recovers the loss, if any, caused by a person convicted of an offence under the Act.”
He further described the passing of the Bill as a “step forward in cracking down on impunity in Uganda.”
Although the Bill had provided for 336 currency points (Shs 6.72million) or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 14 years or both for persons convicted of causing financial loss to government, Members said the penalties were not severe enough to deter corruption.
“We should have heavy penalties. Geoffrey Kazinda (former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister) was given only four years,” said Hon. Alex Ruhinda (NRM, Fort Portal Municipality) before the Bill was passed.
Hon. Raphael Magyezi (NRM, Igara West) said, “I propose we fix the penalty at 5,000 currency points (Shs 100million).”
The former Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, suggested that the penalty be raised even further from “5,000 currency points to double the amount of the loss caused or 14 years imprisonment or both.”
Persons will also be charged with causing financial loss to a bank, credit institution, a company or a public body or private body.
The Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 is also intended to ensure that government or any other company or organization recovers the loss, if any, caused by a person convicted of an offence under the Act.
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The tourist sustained a fractured bone in his left leg.
He was immediately rushed to St Ambrose Health center in Kagadi Town council.
Dr. Julius Birungi, who attended to Israeli at the health facility, says the victim was put on life-supporting oxygen.
As his condition worsened, the health center called for further specialized medical attention.
A helicopter registration number 5x -KEG attached to Kampala Executive Aviation landed at Kagadi Model Primary School around 4:30pm on Tuesday to airlift him to Kampala.
The ill-fated vehicle has been impounded by Kabwoya police officers.
Officials promised a deeper investigation into the incident.