Plenary Highlights for the Sitting on 4th December 2019
The Sitting was presided over by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah. The Deputy Speaker made a pledge on behalf of Parliament committing to fight against corruption. The Members of Parliament (MPs) acknowledged the need to renew commitment to fighting corruption and the pledge was adopted. It was a call upon MPs to be honest, ethical, and to negotiate all Government contracts with integrity.
Hon. Muhammad Nseroko, the representative for Kampala Central Division, observed that the cause to fight corruption is noble. He showed his discontentment with actions of the security agencies noting that it was unjust to block the Opposition Leader Dr. Kizza Besigye from participating in the Ati-Corruption Walk.
Hon. Nambeshe John Baptist raised a concern that over 30 households have been affected by the landslides that occurred in Eastern Uganda. He said that the most affected are those in Busika Sub-County. Parliament observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. The Ministry responsible for Disaster and Preparedness was asked to respond by relocating those are still in the danger zones.
Hon. Maganda Julius, Minister of State for East African Affairs, presented a statement on the progress of East African Community Integration. He noted that there is still a challenge of porous borders and as a result, some goods smuggled in and out of the Country.
In regard to a reconsideration of the Sugar Bill which was returned to the House by the President, the Minister of Trade said that Government needs more time to make more consultations. However, Members of Parliament stressed that it seems Government is not interested in the bill because the process has stalled which may call for Parliament to go ahead and pass it with or without further consultations by Government.