Plenary Summary for 19th of February, 2020
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rabecca Kadaga chaired the session which began with Members of Parliament raising matters of National Importance. Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Lyandro Komakech informed the House of Gulu Secondary School which hosts over 3100 students but has got ¾ of its land confiscated by an Investor. The Speaker directed the Ministry of Lands to look into the issue.
Hon. Alex Ruhunda rose on a matter of National Importance regarding the Tondeka Bus Project which had been given out to an Indian company yet the president launched a car assembling plant in Namanve last year. He said this violates the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) Policy.
Bunya East MP Hon. Waira Majegere raised concerns about the menace that sugar cane trucks have become on Ugandan roads most especially Jinja High way. He said that not only are they in dangerous conditions and un-road worthy, but they have turned to be the biggest cause of accidents which are claiming a lot of lives. The Minister of State for Internal Affairs Hon. Mario Obiga Kania in response informed the House that the Ministry would form a multi stakeholder committee to look into the issue and get trucks and vehicles that are not road worthy off the road.
Hon. David Bahati lay presented a proposal to borrow up to 108.5 Million Euros from the Commercial and Imperial Bank of China to finance the construction of the oil roads. This proposal was rejected by the Speaker of Parliament saying “the Jinja Express highway is the route to the heart of Uganda and therefore, other roads are just tributaries”. She directed that before the Jinja Express Highway is complete, such loans would not be entertained.
The Administration of Judiciary Bill was debated clause by clause, with clause on the creation of Secretary to Judiciary being the most contentious. After a huge debate, the position of secretary to Judiciary was left in the Bill.