The Minister of Finance, Mr Matia Kasaija, has asked the Attorney General (AG), Mr William Byaruhanga, to analyse the financial implication of the proposed Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019 on the economy.
In a letter dated October 11, Mr Kasaija says the many proposals in the Bill, which was tabled by Shadow Attorney General and Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba, may have implications on the consolidated fund.
“Reference is made to the attached letter ref: AK 287/479/01 dated September 18, from the Clerk to Parliament, requesting for a certificate of financial implications for the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019. . …I note that there are a number of proposals in the above stated Bill that require your analysis and advice. These may also have financial implications on government,” he stated in the letter also copied to the President, the Prime Minister, and the Clerk to Parliament.
“Given the nature of the proposals in the Bill, I request that you bring this matter for cabinet consideration,” he concluded.
In an interview with Daily Monitor last week, Mr Niwagaba accused the Finance ministry of denying the certificate of financial implications (CIF).
“All the ministers in Finance are not cooperating despite the Clerk to Parliament writing to them. They are doing a disservice to the country by sitting on the request when it is their duty to act,” Mr Niwagaba is quoted as saying.
Mr Niwagaba said the delayed issuance of the certificate means that he will delay tabling a Private Member’s Bill before the House for the first reading.
The Clerk to Parliament, Ms Jane Kibirige, on September 18 wrote to the Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, requesting that the MP be issued with the CFI.