Parliament weighs in on the alleged theft of UGX24b meant for the construction of Isimba Dam Bridge
“For the minister to try to pour scorn and to hold the office of the Speaker under contempt, means that there is a serious problem,” this was a part statement by Hon Theodore Ssekikubo during the plenary session to Hon. Irene Mutoni (the State Minister for Energy and Mineral Development) over what he referred to as contempt of Parliament over media reports attributed to her on the alleged theft of Shs24b meant for the construction of Isimba Dam Bridge.
This follows a statement by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga during last week’s plenary session that she had evidence against some senior government officials who had stolen the money meant for the bridge over River Nile connecting Kayunga and Kamuli districts.
Members of Parliament expressed their dissatisfaction with the Ministers action of choosing to first address the media instead of first addressing Parliament over a matter that had been raised by the Speaker at Parliament. Some of Mps demanded that the Minister retracts the statement and apologizes to the Speaker and the House while others asked the speaker to establish a special committee to investigate her conduct together with the issues surrounding the bridge.
In response Hon Irene Muloni, told the August House that the decision to address the media regarding the matter a hand was greatly informed by the Cabinet which had sat the previous day and instructed her to address the nation over the issues surrounding the construction of the Isimba Bridge and specifically on the alleged theft of Shs24b meant for the construction of Isimba Dam Bridge.
“If that statement angered you (Speaker), I did not intend to silence you and the Parliament of Uganda, I apologize,” Ms Muloni said.
The Speaker directed that the Minister goes back and prepares a comprehensive s response regarding the project and she reports back to the August House on Tuesday next week.