Plenary Highlights for the Week of 22nd – 26th April 2019
The week’s sittings were presided over by the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Oulanyah Jacob L’Okori
The Report of the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry on the Motion for reconsideration of the Sugar Bill, 2015 as returned by H.E the President was presented by Hon. Robert Kasule. The Minority Report was also presented by Hon. Babirye Mary (Woman Rep. Masaka). However, the Speaker deferred debate on the Motion to Tuesday 30th April 2019 to give MPs enough time to read and internalise the reports.
Hon. Lamwaka Margaret, Kitgum District Woman MP, raised a matter of national importance to the non-allocation of funds for combatting Nodding Disease Syndrome in Nothern Uganda in the budget estimates of the Ministry of Health for the FY 2019/20. The Minister of State for Health (Primary Health Care) Hon. Moriku Joyce Kaducu informed the House that funds would be allocated during the FY 2020/2021.
The House passed a Resolution authorizing Government to borrow up to USD 104.0 Million from Standard Chartered Bank to finance the National CCTV Network Expansion Project. Hon. Latif Ssebagala said security is paramount and wished that the CCTV camera installation on the streets had come much earlier. He requested that close to 400 cameras that are installed but not functional should be worked on.
Reports from the following Sectoral Committees on the Ministerial Policy Statements and Budget Estimates for the Financial Year 2019/20 were adopted by the house.
Committee on Public Service and Local Government, Committee on East African Community Affairs, Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry, Committee on Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance, Committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Physical Infrastructure, Committee on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Education and Sports, Presidential Affairs.