Parliament To Go On Recess For One Month
Parliament will break off for its first recess since the 10th Parliament started work in May 2016.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga announced during the beginning of plenary sitting on 27th September 2016 that the MPs will go on recess before Independence Day, from October 6th to November 14th.
Kadaga also directed that all the committees that have been sitting will be required to present their reports from October 4th to 6th before the House breaks off.
“Whatever work is ongoing must be ready at the end of this week so that you present on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before we go on recess,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga adjourned plenary sessions this week to allow committees to work in the morning and afternoon to have the reports ready by next week. She also took issue with government on delay to table business in the House, citing government bills, which were not passed in the 9th Parliament, to be re-introduced into Parliament.
“The bills are supposed to be printed but nothing has come. Consequently, the bills cannot be reconsidered because the members don’t have the bills. I am asking you to do the needful so that after the independence recess, the committees can work on the reports,” Kadaga said.
Some of the bills yet to be re-introduced in the 10th Parliament include the Sexual Offences Bill 2016, Marriage and Divorce Bill, the Retirement Benefits Sector Liberalization bill 2011 and the National Biotechnology and Biosafety bill, 2012, among others