Anti-Corruption Bill 2013 Tabled in Parliament

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In short
The Anti-Corruption Bill 2013, if passed into law, will provide government with mandatory powers to confiscate property of people convicted of corruption by the anti-corruption court.

The Anti-Corruption Bill 2013 has been tabled on the floor of Parliament for its first reading.
 
The Bill that comes as a Private Members Bill was tabled by Makindye East Member of Parliament John Ssimbwa.
 
The Bill seeks to amend the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009 which has been criticized for not being sufficient enough to fight corruption.
 
The Anti-Corruption Bill 2013, if passed into law, will provide government with mandatory powers to confiscate property of people convicted of corruption by the anti-corruption court.
 
It will not only stop at confiscating properties of the convicted but will also trace property placed in the names of others but in actual sense possessed by the convicted person so that tax payer’s money is recovered from them.
 
The Bill comes at a time when cases of corruption are at the increase in the country and many corrupt officials convicted of corruption receiving light sentences which the public argues does not rhyme with the money embezzled.
 
It also comes at a time when donor countries suspended aid to Uganda’s citing the colossal scam in the Office of the prime Minister where billions of shillings in donor funds meant for reconstruction programs in Northern Uganda were swindled.
 
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, sent the Bill to Parliament’s legal and Affairs Committee for scrutiny and later report back to the House for debate to start.
 
MP John Ssimbwa, the brain behind the bill, said that the bill will enable government confiscate property of a person convicted under the courts of law so that the loss incurred by state and caused by the convict is recovered.
 
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MP David Bahati, the Deputy Government Chief Whip, said that the government is in full support of the bill and that also considering that the opposition MPs are in its support to, it will pass.
 
He noted that the Anti- Corruption Bill if passed into law together with the Anti-Money laundering will seal the gaps that have existed in the legal regime and help to protect public funds.
 
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MP Alice Alaso, woman representative Serere, noted that the bill will provide a frame work to allow government get back stolen funds to the Country’s treasury.
 
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