State House has vowed to bring treason charges against Ugandan Members of Parliament if they dare block the national budget.
Treason is the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
The Penal Code provides that: any person who levies war against the Republic of Uganda; unlawfully causes or attempts to cause the death of the President, contrives any plot, act or matter and expresses or declares such plot, act or matter by any utterance or by any overt act order, by force of arms, to overturn the government as by law established; or aids or abets another person in the commission of the foregoing acts, or becomes an accessory before or after the fact to any of the foregoing acts or conceals any of those acts, commits an offence and shall suffer death.
In a statement on Friday, State House Uganda, said the recent threat by MPs to block the National Budget 2016/17 if the President does not sign recent Income Tax (Amendments) Bill 2016 passed by #Parliament is tantamount to treason.
“The MPs are being selfish and talking irresponsibly,” the statement said.
“Are they passing the Budget for the President’s personal use or for the country to manage its affairs, including serving the people who elected them?”
State House said President Museveni did not endorse this plan and he is going to scrutinise this bill.
“If it is found to be a bad law, he will definitely not sign it.”
Members of Parliament at the start of the week launched a series of criticisms against the secretary to the treasury Keith Muhakanizi on the taxation of their incomes.
On Monday, Muhakanizi said the first principle of equity is taxation insisting that all legislators must pay taxes just like any other citizen.
“Our position as the Ministry of Finance/Treasury is very strong – the principle of equity must apply,” he said.
He was backed by Cissy Kagaba, the executive director Anti-Corruption Coalition for Uganda, who said MPs can’t be exempted from paying taxes because they have fat allowances and a total of Shs57bn which taxpayers pay them on top of a monthly salary of about Shs2.6million.
The MPs, however, held a press briefing at parliament on Tuesday saying they will not be told what to do with their money accusing Muhakanizi of pretending to be minister of Finance.
The MPs threatened not to pass national budget if President doesn’t assent to their tax exemption bill.
If President Museveni assents to this Bill, Uganda will lose about Shs49.2billion additional revenue annually, close to Shs9 million per MP per month.