Plenary Highlights for 3rd December 2019
The Parliament sitting was presided by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah. In his communication, he directed the Clerk to Parliament to gazette the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019, by a private member, Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba in preparation for its first reading.
Hon. Butime Tom, the Minister of Local Government, presented a motion on alteration of boundaries and declaration of cities. Those to become cities include; Arua, Gulu, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Entebbe, Lira, Nakasongola, Soroti, Kabale and Wakiso. If the motion is passed by the House, the cities of Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Mbale and Masaka will take effect on 01 July 2020. Hoima takes effect on 01 July 2021 while Entebbe and Lira on 01 July 2022.
Hon. Kunihira Agnes read (1st reading) the Employment (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill, among other things, seeks to provide for the regulation of employment of domestic workers & casual employees so as to improve their working conditions. It also provides for matters regarding sexual harassment in places of work, protection of working breastfeeding mothers and requires employers to provide for places and facilities for breastfeeding mothers
Dr. Jane Aceng responded to Hon. Mbwatekamwa’s concern on the defective Life Guard condoms. She said that 95% of the condoms have already been recovered from the public. The National Drug Authority and MarieStopes Uganda continue to do surveillance in order to recover the remaining faulty condoms.
The Deputy Speaker informed the members that in the commemoration of the Ati-Corruption Day, H.E. Kaguta Museveni would take lead in the anti-corruption walk 4th December 2019 from the Constitutional Square to Kololo Independence Grounds. The MPs were asked to join.