Plenary Summary for Thursday 6th of February 2020.
The Plenary session was chaired by Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker on parliament. In her communication, she amended the order paper to allow Hon. Roland Kaginda Mugume of Rukungiri Municipality to move a matter of national importance. In his statement, Hon. Kaginda indulged the House to look into matters of Ugandans detained abroad. He said that Ugandans are detained in countries like South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya among others.
Lwemiyaga County MP Hon. Theodore Ssekikubo then petitioned Parliament over the quarantine of cattle in Ssembabule, confiscation of cattle and arrest of cattle traders by Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwiine. The speaker ordered an investigation into the cattle quarantine when it emerged that cattle trade was being hindered in other parts of the country. Gen. Tumwiine will also appear before the Committee on Agriculture to answer some of the allegations put forward.
The House further debated a motion by Hon. Hellen Asamo on Female Genital Mutilation. In it, Hon. Asamo asked that government undertake efforts to fight Female Genital Mutilation through increasing the budgetary allocations towards implementation of the anti FGM Act, increasing cross border interventions, coming up with an enforcement framework, sensitization and anti FGM framework for interventions. The house voted to increase budget allocations towards enforcing the Anti FGM Act and Hon. Kadaga directed that the Budget Committee undertake to study the financial proposals presented by Hon. Asamo in her motion.
The Prime Minister Rt Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda made a statement on Cryptocurrencies and Ponzi Schemes in Uganda. According to the prime minister, the statement was to “address allegations that were made by some members of parliament on Tuesday 4th February 2020 regarding myself and my son Kwame on Cryptocurrencies and Ponzi Schemes in Uganda”. The Prime Minister admitted that there is a lot of fraud where companies collect money from citizens to invest in Ponzi Schemes and that they are illegal. He however, noted that Crypto currencies are legal and the National Taskforce on the 4th Industrial Revolution was launched by the President himself with the aim of providing policy direction to government to harness new technologies of the 4th industrial revolution like artificial intelligence, Block chain, cloud computing, robotics among others.
The House also granted leave to Hon. Odour Lutanywa to introduce a Private Members’ Bill entitled Constitutional Amendment Act 2020 and bring an “Act to amend the Third Schedule of the Constitution to provide for the Maragoli people as one of Uganda’s indigenous communities as 1st February 1926”.