Plenary Summary for 18th of February, 2020
The 14th plenary sitting of the 3rd meeting of the 4th session of Parliament was chaired by the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who started off the session by informing members about the fulfillment of the UGX 114 million contribution to the Ghetto Triplets Foundation. The Speaker informed members that the contribution was to cover house arrears of UGX 100 million and also use the remaining UGX 14,250,00 Million would go to support the group on their day to day expenses.
Hon. Richard Gafabusa presented a petition on behalf of the Matongo Lost Land Recovery Families Organization concerning Matongo land in Bwamba Constituency Bundibugyo district. In the petition, he prayed that Government commits to returning the lad to its people and resettling the affected families.
Hon. David Abala of Ngora Constituency moved a matter of National Importance in which he informed the House that desert locusts had invaded his constituency but there was no decisive action from Government to contain the creeping disaster. To this, the Leader of Opposition Hon. Betty Aol Ochan argued that despite provisions for Disaster Management Committees, the operational capacity of these committees was appalling, which hampers Government effectiveness in handling disasters.
On questions or oral answers, Kasambya MP Hon. Gaffa Mbwatekamwa queried the Minister of Internal Affairs to answer why police authorities force police officers to save with the Exodus SACCO and why the management of Exodus SACCO denies police officers the right to withdraw their savings. He prayed that the House institute a select committee to probe Exodus SACCO which prayer was denied by the Speaker.
Bulamogi County MP Hon. Kenneth Lubogo tasked the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to answer on how much profits and losses had been made by Bank of Uganda for the last fifteen years and the last time Bank of Uganda made profits as well as how much was transmitted to the Consolidated Fund as per the guidelines of the Bank of Uganda Act which stipulates that 75% of profits made by the bank go to the consolidated Fund. Hon. David Bahati asked for more time in order to give a conclusive response.
There was a motion for adoption of a report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on the Administration of Judiciary Bill. The object of the Bill is to “comprehensively provide for the functioning, institutional operation and administrative independence of the Judiciary as well as the retirement benefits of Judicial Officers”. After initial attempts to block debate of the report, the House debated the report and contentious issues were on giving life salaries to judicial officers as well as powers to the chief Justice to form a judicial body which is contradictory to the Constitution and would require a constitutional amendment. The debate had recommendations like enhancing the salaries of judicial officers so as to give them a huge pay upon retirement.