MPs move to tame Kasaija’s arrogance

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Finance MInister, Matia Kasaija

Parliament has committed minister of Finance Matia Kasaija to the committee on Rules, Discipline over supposed arrogance towards committees.

Kasaija faces disciplinary action for his refusal to appear before parliament committees when summoned.

This came after a report by parliament’s Public Accounts Committee inquiring into the 200-million-dollar loan government secured from the Preferential Trade Are-PTA Bank.

The Ministry of Finance is in particular on the spot over failure to release the said loan to the rightful beneficiaries even when money was disbursed by PTA Bank.

The National Medical Stores NMS) needs 156 billion shillings from the loan to purchase drugs.

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The money was also meant to finance a shortfall in domestic revenue that was projected at 288 billion Shillings for 2015/2016 financial year and substitute domestic borrowing to the tune of Shillings 280 billion.

It was also meant to ease finance expenditure pressure resulting from the exchange rate depreciation in the 2015/2016 financial year.

However, to date the Ministry has failed to release the Shillings 156 billion meant for NMS. Recently, NMS announced a shortfall of Shillings 68 billion citing fluctuation in foreign exchange since 2011, which has affected medical supplies to government health facilities.

Following these developments, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has since picked interest in the PTA loan, carrying out interfaces with officials from the finance ministry, NMS, Bank of Uganda and Ministry of Health.

But according to Angelline Osegge, the Public Accounts Committee Chairperson, they have tried to invite Minister Matia Kasaija in vain.

Recently, Parliament forced ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze to apologise to the house for defying a directive given by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

Also the secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, was forced to apologise to the house for his insufferable arrogance.

Source: Uganda Radio Network

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