Kalungu West MP Joseph Gozanga Ssewungu has lashed out at Attorney General William Byaruhanga, saying he doubts he gives good advice to the president and government.
While appearing on a television show Zimba Ensiiyo on BBS, on Saturday morning, which was discussing the Covid-19 cash Bonanza by Parliamentarians, Ssewungu said the Attorney General wanted to mislead Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who had cleared MPs to use the sh20 million sent on their accounts, ahead of the court ruling that barred Parliament from giving legislators any money until a case by Ntugamo MP Gerald Karuhanga had been heard.
Ssewungu revealed on the show that he has always had reservations in the attorney general’s legal advice and that was the reason he did not support Mr Byaruhanga in the Appointments committee for the Attorney General job because he was short of court experience.
“Mr Byaruhanga has never been in court. His career in law has been selling thingst” Ssewungu claimed.
Mr Byaruhanga was appointed attorney general in June 2016, having had a lucrative career as a partner in one of Uganda’s biggest law firms, Kasirye, Byaruhanga & co. advocates.
The Kalungu west representative said he refused to support Byaruhanga because he was involved in selling properties of the government of Uganda.
“And he is very rich,” Ssewungu said naming parastatals where Mr Byaruhanga drafted and signed sale agreements.
Ssewungu defended Kadaga position saying what she does is informed by the laws because she has a full department of lawyers to advise her accordingly.
“Kadaga is also an accomplished lawyer. She is a first woman to set up a law firm in Kampala,” he argued.
The speaker has been on the forefront of bashing after she pushed for sh10 billion to be shared by Parliament from the supplementary budget of the ministry of health which had earlier been totalling sh105 billion, but was sliced to cater for Parliamentarians.
Attorney General on being sued alongside Parliament by Karuhanga, told MPs not to use the money which had earlier reached their accounts. This infuriated Kadaga who is pursuaded that MPs were under pressure to provide for people who knock on their doors.
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