The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga cautions Members of Parliament against tarnishing the image of parliament by accusing each other of bribery.
Kadaga is dismayed by claims that some Members of Parliament accepted bribes in order to block a committee report.
This after the Observer Newspaper reported that the ruling National Resistance Movement was last week rocked by allegations that several MPs had been compromised in order to fail a report by an ADHOC committee that recommended expulsion of the power distributor UMEME.
The Observer also noted that Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was tasked to investigate the matter after an NRM female legislator told a caucus meeting last week that some MPs were paid Shs5 million to stifle the report that wants UMEME’s contract terminated.
But Kadaga says Parliament would take stern action against those trading in the accusations on grounds that they may score points as individuals at the cost of the entire institution of parliament. She adds that accusers will be forced to substantiate their claims on the floor of parliament with names, dates and time when the bribery was effected.
Nandala Mafabi, the leader of Opposition, suggested that the matter be forwarded to Parliament’s Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee for further Investigation.
He adds that if the matter is swept under the carpet, the public will maintain a negative attitude about all members of parliament yet still other members will continue involving themselves in corruption thinking that they will be defended by Parliament.
Based on this, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga directed the Rules Committee to conduct thorough investigations into the matter and report to the House.