Minister of Justice summoned to Parliament over the bidding process of printing ballot papers for the 2020/21 Elections
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, has summoned Justice Minister and the Attorney General to explain circumstances surrounding the bidding process of printing ballot papers for the 2020/21 Elections.
This follows the procedural matter raised by the Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda that the Attorney General had failed to explain the long outstanding ballot paper printing deal. Sumujju also demanded that to know circumstances surrounding the dismissal of some Electoral Commission officials.
Chairing the Plenary session on Wednesday 22nd July 2020, the Speaker directed the Clerk to Parliament to include the matter on the Order Paper for the Attorney General and minister of justice to respond next week.
Semujju told the August House that he had heard from the media that Electoral Commission had fired some of its staff on the grounds of rejecting a ballot printing bid from a German firm, Veridos Identity Solutions GMBH.
In 2016, the German firm signed a joint venture with Uganda Printing & Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to print money and handle other security printing deals.
Among the Electoral Commission officials who stepped aside include, Namugera Pontius (Information Technology director), Jordan Lubega (Administrator networks); Mr Musuza Charles Director Finance and Administrator Joseph Lwanga; Godfrey Wanyoto (head of procurement); Jotham Taremwa (public relations officer) and Edgar Kasigwa (data specialists).