Minister of finance Matia Kasaija has apologised to the parliament for the statement he made accusing Parliament of passing a 1% tax on mobile money which wasn’t the position of the Ministry. This happened after Speaker of parliament Rebbecca Kadaga asked Matia Kasaija to make an apology to the parliament during a session on 11th July 2018.
Hon. Kasaija first denied the allegations but later on he made an apology. “In my address, I never meant to say that Parliament passed 1% tax in error. I can’t come and fault and say that Parliament that acted in error, I couldn’t do that. I am part of this Parliament; I would have shot myself in the foot.” He added on saying “I apologize sincerely. I did apologize to the caucus yesterday. I never meant to say that Parliament passed the Act in error.”
However, Winnie Kiiza leader of opposition demanded that Hon.Kasaija submits a written statement of his apology. “I find it uncomforting that the apology that was demanded of the Minister is taken casually and yet it is affecting a serious matter because the integrity at Parliament is at stake, Ugandans will not believe it anymore.” She demanded.