The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has welcomed the Anti Corruption Amendment Bill saying that if passed, the law will enhance the fight against corruption.
The deputy DPP Amos Ngolobe said that the bill will make curbing the vice easier as it redefines offences and makes prosecution as per the constitution easier.
While appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee which is reviewing the bill, Ngolobe said that the current law on corruption-the Anti- Corruption Act has bottlenecks in the investigations, prosecution and adjudication of cases.
Ngolobe proposed amendments in the bill saying that the DPP wants to make the bill stronger and to put it in line with the constitution and other international laws.
Ngolobe suggested an amendment on clause seven of the bill which provides for the replacement of section 63 of the Principal Act that provides for confiscation orders.
The DPP proposes that confiscation should be limited to acquisitive offences such as embezzlement and diversion of public resources; and to offences where loss has been suffered as a result of the offence with which a person has been conducted.
The DPP says that the clause should also provide for how other victims can be compensated after property has vested in government. Ngolobe added that the bill should address the issues of management of confiscated property suggesting that there should be made in the principal Act to make coherent provisions for effective management of such property.
The private member’s bill which was moved by Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa seeks to amend the existing laws on corruption especially the Anti -corruption Act of2009 to cater for the recovery of embezzled property.
West Budama North MP Fox Odoi who chaired the committee meeting said that the committee will on Friday meet with the Inspectorate of Government to get its views on the bill in a bid to pass an effective law.