December 13, 2012

Kazinda Must Face PAC – Speaker

DEPUTY Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi yesterday clashed over the interpretation of the subjudice rule in relation to the interdicted OPM Principal Accountant, Geoffrey Kazinda, appearing before Parliament.

The matter came up duringplenary after PublicAccounts Committeeboss, Kasiano Wadri, ina partial report on thescam in the OPM saidthe committee is gettinglimited in its work sincethey can’t interviewKazinda.Wadri said out of the over70 OPM officials interviewedso far, 60 of themblame Kazinda for themess and therefore PAC’sreport would be biasedif Kazinda’s side isn’t heard.

Ruhindi told Parliament that it would be illogical to arraign Kazinda before PAC since the court process has already started. “If a suspect has already been charged, investigations completed and the trial about to begin, it would be interference in the court process to have him paraded before another body,” Ruhindi said.

He added that the House needs to pay more attention to the broad terms of subjudice, Ruhindi said it would be unfair to have the interdicted accountant face another body. The AG’s submission raised questions as to why former National Social Security Fund (NSSF) boss, David Chandi Jamwa appeared before Parliament yet his case had kicked off in Court.

“Jamwa was arraigned before the committee; unless you are saying that the rules of this House are applied selectively and only affect Jamwa,” West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth Oboth, said.

Ruhindi attempted to explain that Jamwa’s case was different, prompting the Speaker to overrule him. The Speaker ruled that by Kazinda appearing before the committee would not be a matter of subjudice since the committee would only be interested in getting information from him, not debate.

“The rule of subjudice affect Parliament when the Speaker holds discussions on the matter, but inquiries by the committee are not captured in this rule 64,” the Speaker said. Saying the committee is only going to ask questions, Oulanyah said Kazinda be brought to the committee so as to find out the truth in the OPM mess.

“I have ruled on the matter and if you have any challenge you need a substantive motion over it!” Oulanyah ruled.

 

4 thoughts on “Kazinda Must Face PAC – Speaker

  1. Oulanyah you just want to exonerate all the rest by putting the matter to Vote of which the NRM has the majority to exonerate thieves.

    You have successfully but disgustingly played the Sekandi role of passing all sorts of thuggery laws.

    1. You have no idea about parliamentary procedure…There is not going to be any voting in the PAC as there is no substantive motion there. A substantive motion is moved in the plenary not in the committees and then debated upon. At end of which the speakers puts it to the vote…The D speaker is there fore right to over rule the Dep. Att. General…who is NRM by the way…SO tells which people is Oulanyah exonerating by his ruling tha Kazinda appears in PAC?

  2. its my pressure to react about kazinda
    what hor .ruhindi said was so much correct.coz let the coart first finish its part and also the pariament will also do its part.
    Note
    if he found gilty plz he sld be panished accordingly,
    .

  3. Birungi edward & Bagatuuma, you need to know the subject properly to make sensible comment otherwise you have just filled space with writing nothing

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