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.
If this bill is passed, the government will have obligatory powers to confiscate property of the people convicted by the anti corruption court.
The government will even have the powers to trace property registered in names of other people yet in actual sense the property is for convicted people. This will help the government to recover the tax payer’s money.
The speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has already sent the Bill to Parliament’s legal and Affairs Committee for further scrutiny and they will later report back to the House for debate to start.
The bill seems to be supported by most members of parliament.
“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,” said John Ssimbwa, Makindye East Member of Parliament.
“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,” said David Bahati the Deputy Government Chief Whip.
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 verse with the money embezzled.