Speaker Kadaga Defers Parliament Plenary Sittings
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has given three committees one week to finalise and table their reports before the House for debate.
Kadaga, in her communication to MPs during the plenary sitting on December 8, 2016, said the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) committee; Committee on Health and the Local Government Accounts Committee have been given one week to draft their reports to be tabled before the House goes on a Christmas recess break on December 22, 2016.
COSASE has for more than two months been investigating and scrutinizing different statutory bodies including Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), which is the most outstanding of them.
UNRA has been under the magnifying glass of the committee over reports on irregular contracts entered into with several companies, including Chinese companies, involved in construction of roads across the country.
The Local Government Accounts Committee, which is one of the four oversight committees, led by Aswa County MP, Reagan Okumu, recently returned from a field visit of all 116 districts in the country.
During their interfaces with district officials, the committee tasked them to, among other issues, account for missing funds, failure to account for allocated funds and misappropriated funds.
The House will resume its sittings on December 20, 2016, when the reports will be tabled and adopted.
Parliament is also expected to receive a report from the Defence and Internal Affairs committee, which is currently investigating the recent killings in Kasese district.
Last week, the Speaker of Parliament co-opted five members from different committees to join the Defence committee in investigating the circumstances that led to the attack on the King of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere’s palace by both UPDF and police forces.
The committee, which heads to Kasese, Bundibugyo, Kabarole and Ntoroko districts this weekend, will hold meetings with security personnel in Kasese, including the operation commander, Brigadier Peter Elwelu, local leaders and MPs from the area.
The committee has so far met Chief of Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala, Ministry of Security, Brigadier Henry Tumukunde and Internal Affairs minister, General Jeje Odong, among others.