The directive followed concerns by Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda over the failure by the attorney general William Byaruhanga or the Justice minister Ephraim Kamuntu to respond to earlier queries about the procurement process for the printing of ballot paper ahead of the 2021 general election.
According to Ssemujju, the Electoral Commission completed the bidding process and submitted papers to the attorney general for advice. However, the process was stopped after EC officials kicked out a German company, Veridos Identity Solutions.
The MPs complaint comes after media reports that eight EC senior officials had been fired amid an on-going investigation in regard to the procurement process.
"And I need to inform parliament that one of the candidates at the presidential level had taken away that responsibility from the Electoral Commission and contracted a Germany company, Veridos to print these ballot papers…Today [Wednesday' we read in the newspapers that various officials of the Electoral Commission have been interdicted for cancelling this deal by one of them the candidates actually sole candidate and the German company called Veridos, they are one to print these ballot papers," said Ssemujju.
The reports indicated that the persons who were fired include the EC secretary Sam Rwakoojo, the director finance and administration Joseph Lwanga, head of procurement Godfrey Wanyoto, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa, the director of information technology Pontius Namugera, networks administrator Jordan Lubega, data specialists Charles Musuza and Edgar Kasigwa.
It is alleged that the Electoral Commission officials rejected a ballot paper printing bid from Veridos which earlier in 2016 signed a joint venture with Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) to print money and other security printing deals.
Now Kadaga has directed that the matter should be placed on the order paper so that the Byaruhanga or Kamuntu provides an explanation to parliament.