By Jumah Nsubuga
Members of parliament from Buganda region have threatened not to pass the national budget if the ministry of finance fails to include Buganda’s debt into the list of payments that the government will be paying for 2012/13 financial year.
This comes after the government’s assistant Attorney general Fred Ruhindi failed to explain to members of parliament sitting on legal and parliamentary Affairs committee at parliament why Buganda’s debt had been excluded despite the court’s ruling that shillings 19 billion be paid to Buganda as rent arrears to Buganda .
The shadow minister of Justice and constitutional Affairs Medard Ssegona wondered why the central government cannot pay yet it has got enough money.
“Government is deliberately refusing to pay our debts because they have enough money to clear Buganda debts. We shall also not be involved in passing government’s budget for 2012/13 if our debt is not cleared,” Sseggona noted.
The Buganda region MPs who sits on Legal committee includes; Medard Ssegona Busiro East (DP), Joseph Balikuddembe Busiro South (DP) and Brenda Nabukenya Luwero woman MP also at parliament on DP ticket.
In the recent meeting Between Buganda caucus MPs and president Museveni held at State House Entebbe Buganda debts was thoroughly discussed, according to the caucus boss Godfrey Kiwanda.