The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, presided over the sitting on 25th August 2020. During the plenary, members congratulated the Speaker upon her victory in the recent NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections.
Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa (Government Chief Whip) congratulated the Speaker upon her re-election as 2nd National Female Vice Chairperson of the NRM Party. She equally congratulated the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, upon emerging as the NRM Vice Chairperson Northern region. However, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal cited monetization of politics and intimidation of voters as the significant shortcomings in the NRM CEC elections. She called upon the Government to put in place measures to prevent the irregularities in the forthcoming General Elections.
Hon. Latif Sebaggala urged Government to allow traders who used to sell non-food items in markets to resume back to work. He said that it was unfortunate that the Government had no plan yet for re-opening the markets. The Speaker ruled that the Government should allow Ugandans to learn how to live with COVID-19 pandemic.
The Speaker directed the Minister of Finance to appear before Parliament to respond to concerns raised by Members that Government is planning to use UGX 10 Billion to renovate the Ugandan Embassy in Brussels. Members observed that the amount of money was too much for just a renovation.
The Minister for Works and Transport, General Katumba Wamala told Parliament that Government would construct the bridges washed away by floods in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts. This follows the concerns raised by MPs led by Hon. Atkins Katusabe.
During the same sitting, Parliament approved the proposal by Government to borrow up to USD 169.2 million from the International Development Association [IDA] of the World Bank Group to finance the Irrigation for Climate Change Resilience Project.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Katumba Wamala, tabled the Inland Water Transport Bill, 2020. The bill seeks to modernize and harmonize legislation governing inland water and transport sector. The Speaker referred the bill to the Committee of Physical Infrastructure for consideration.
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Beti Olive Namisango Kamya, tabled The Physical Planners’ Registration Bill, 2020. The object of the bill is to provide for the establishment of a Physical Planners’ Registration Board; to provide for the powers and functions of the Board; to provide for the registration of physical planners; to provide for disciplinary procedures for errant physical planners and to provide for other related matters. The Speaker referred this bill to the Committee on Physical Infrastructure.