Plenary Highlights for Wednesday 20th of May 2020.
The House, presided over by the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca A. Kadaga, commenced at 2.43 p.m.
The Speaker In her communication informed the House that she was in receipt of a letter from the Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom commending the House for securing the integration of the history of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom into the History and Political Education Syllabus of the Secondary School curriculum. She tasked the Minister of Education and Sports to table a copy of the revised syllabus.
Hon. Abacacon Charles Angiro Gutomoi, MP Erute County North raised concern on the discrimination in enforcement of the guidelines on the operations of places of worship, as part of the national COVID-19 guidelines, where-in some places of worship in urban areas like Kampala are permitted to broadcast prayer sessions while their counterparts in rural areas are forbidden. The Minister of State for Finance in charge of Planning, Hon. Bahati David undertook to relay the matter to the National Taskforce on COVID19 for appropriate action and subsequent report to the House.
Hon. Nakayenze Connie Galiwango, Mbale District Woman MP sought clarification on the following education-related matters, in response to the President’s public addresses on COVID 19; (i) Government’s plans to provide appropriate transport means to enable students in candidate classes attend school after the lockdown period; (ii) Students who trek long distances after school and fears that they may be caught up by the time limitations of the 6:30am – 7:00pm curfew;
(iii) The number of facemasks that Government has earmarked per student;
(iv) Plans by Government to provide transport for students at border districts to attend school given that the new presidential directive bars public transport at border districts even after the lockdown; and
(v) On whether pupils in Top Class in Kindergarten will be classified as those in candidate classes and allowed to attend school after the lockdown period; The Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Muyingo John Chrysostom informed the House that the matters raised will be addressed in the new guidelines and standard operating procedures being developed by the Ministry, for the re-opening of schools after the lockdown. He undertook to table the guidelines and SOPs in the House.
(c) On the procrastination by Government in compensating Ugandan traders for goods and services supplied to the Government of South Sudan inspite of a Parliamentary resolution of 3rd April 2018; raised by Hon. Atim Cecilia Ogwal, Dokolo District Woman MP. The Minister of State for Finance in charge of Planning, Hon. Bahati David undertook to respond to the matter on Thursday 21st May 2020.
(d) On the dire state of landing sites in Buikwe District due to Lake Victoria’s rising water levels and the attendant threat to the fishing industry as the affected landing sites fall short of international standards; raised by Hon. Mutebi David Ronnie, MP Buikwe County South. The Minister of State for Urban Development, Hon. Musumba Isaac Isanga responded to the matter.
(e) On the impending displacement of over 58 villages along the Lake Albert under the pretext of mitigating the threat of COVID-19 by forestalling illegal immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo; raised by Hon. Onesimus Twinamasiko, MP Bugangaizi County East.
The Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Hon. Dr. Moriku Joyce Kaducu presented a Statement on Government’s plans to procure facemasks for all Ugandans.
5. The House passed the following Motions to withdraw the following proposals:
(a) To borrow up to USD 100 Million for FY 2019/20 and USD 90.0 Million for FY 2020/21 from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group to Provide Sufficient Financial Resources to the Health Sector and Mitigate Negative Effects on the Economy due to COVID-19; and USD 250 Million from the International Monetary Fund for Balance of Payments support to the Bank of Uganda,
(b) To borrow up to USD 219.40 Million from the African Development Bank (ADB) and UA 40.060 Million (USD 55.60 Million) from the African Development Fund to Finance the Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project (KCRRP).
6. The Minister of State for Finance in Charge of Planning, Hon. Bahati David, tabled the following Papers that were referred to the Committee on National Economy: (a) Proposal to borrow up to:
i) USD 300.0 Million for Budget Support for FY 2019/20 from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group to provide sufficient financial resources to the Health Sector and to mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 on the economy of Uganda,
ii) SDR 361 Million (Approx. USD 491.5 Million) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Balance of Payments and Budget Support to address the Negative Effects of COVID19 in the FY 2019/20
iii) USD 224.0 Million from the African Development Bank (ADB) and UA 37.54 Million (USD 51.0 Million) from the African Development Fund to finance the Kampala City Roads Rehabilitation Project (KCRRP)
7. The House passed a Motion to correct a resolution of Parliament authorizing Government to borrow USD 456,370,000 from the EXIM Bank of China to finance the Upgrade and Construction of National Oil Roads under Package