This week in Parliament 19th – 23rd August
Chair: Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga
- The Speaker also informed the House of testimonies of some victims of safe houses in Uganda. She said a one Mr. Gabula who was innocently imprisoned for more than 20yrs informed her that he’s being followed everywhere to even the Parliament where he had come to meet her. She called upon the Government to respect human rights and also protect Members of Parliament
- She also informed the House of the demise of the following;
- The mother of Hon. Mbaju Jackson, MP Busongora South
- The father of Hon. Okumu Reagan, MP Aswa County
- The mother of Hon. Okin PP Ojara, MP Chua West
- Ndamira Margaret raised concern on the fatal accident that happened in Rubirizi last weekend. She said she is too disappointed in Uganda Police for failing to rescue victims on time. She requested the Government to set a rescue policy for accident victims and also fully equip the police to ensure the provision of better service.
- Mbwatekamwa Gaffa raised concern on the growing production of health energy-boosting drinks in Uganda. He requested the Ministry of trade to produce a list of genuine energy drink brands suitable for human consumption.
- Members of Parliament discussed the arrest of Ugandans who export produce especially sugarcane to Kenya and the low prices at which investors in Uganda purchase sugarcane from out-growers. They insisted that this is one of the reasons hiking poverty levels in Uganda.
- Magyezi raised concern on the attack on his constituents by the UPDF army that led to the loss of property as a lot of merchandise was destroyed and also injured a number of people including one of the area chairpersons whose hand was shuttered to permanent disability.
- Mutebi Noah raised on the beating and killing of people at fish landing sites in Nakasongola by the UPDF. He asked UPDF to stop using excessive power, the Min. of Agriculture to present a statement explaining the incidences and apologizing to people of Nakasongola and also support their SACCOS.
- Robinah Ssentongo raised concern on the hiking rate of teenage pregnancy in her area from 25% to 29%. She requested the Ministry of Health to present a statement and rollout on the status of Uganda’s Sexual Reproductive Health Policy
- The Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Rukutuna informed the House of the absence of a report on investigations into the death of the former Woman MP of Butaleja District, Hon. Cerinah Nebanda. He said the team entrusted with the investigations didn’t execute its duties.
- The Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde presented a statement on the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
- Amelia Kyambadde presented a statement on Uganda’s Preparedness to participate in the 2020 world trade expo. She said Uganda shall also hold The Ugandan National day, a Business to Business Forum, Food testing festival for Uganda’s foods, dances, etc.
- Kitutu Kimono presented a statement on the alleged planned construction of a hydroelectric dam at Murchison falls. She said Murchison falls is mentioned among the world’s best tourist attractions because of its falls and flooding it would rob its natural beauty. She pronounced that NEMA is more unlikely to approve the hydropower investment at Murchison Falls
The Minister for Minerals Hon. Lokeris Peter confirmed that there shall be no development around Murchison Falls as recommended by NEMA.
The Speaker directed the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to present the position of Government on the issue on Tuesday 27th August 2019 on the floor of Parliament.
- The Minister of Health, Hon. Aceng Ruth Jane presented a statement on government interventions to ensure constant water supply in health facilities.
- The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Amongi Betty presented on the findings of the verification team to the United Kingdom on the contested boundaries in Tororo District.
- The House adopted the report presented by Hon. Hellen Asamo, Chairperson Equal opportunities Committee on the 4th Annual report of the state of the Equal Opportunities in Uganda for the Financial Year 2016/17.
- Amelia Kyambadde laid the African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty. Its objective is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments, to pave way for accelerating the establishment of the Customs Union.
- Ongalo Obote Clement presented the report of the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline on the inquiry into allegations against Hon. Elly Tumwine MP for UPDF and Minister for Security. Hon. Elly Tumwine accused Hon. Cecilia Ogwal and Hon. Katushabe Atkins of deceit claiming that all there allegations are false.
- The Minister of State for Finance in Charge of Planning, Hon. Bahati David tabled the following Papers:
- Proposal to borrow up to Euros 101.88 Million from the UK Export Finance (UKEF) for the development of Solar Powered Irrigation and Water Supply System Project.
Referred to the Committee on National Economy.
- Treasury Memorandum on the report of the Public Accounts Committee (Central Government) on the Auditor General’s report on the Accountability Sector for Financial Year 2014/15
Referred to PAC-Central Government
- The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, addressed twenty Questions during Prime Minister’s Time.
- Nambooze Betty Bakireke, Mukono Municipality presented a Petition of former employees of Uganda Posts and Telecommunications (UPTC) over failure by the Government to pay their terminal benefits, pensions package and court awards arising from High Court Civil Suit No. 135 of 2003 and Civil Appeal No. 230 of 2013.
The Speaker deferred a final decision on the Petition pending further examination of the matters raised by the Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana regarding a related pending court case.
- The following reports of Parliamentary delegations abroad were tabled: i) The Country Report of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development; ii) United Nations Headquarters, New York, 9th – 19th July 2019; by the Minister of State for Environment and Leader of delegation, Hon. Dr. Gorreti Kimono Kitutu.
- The House passed a resolution to urge the Government to work on impediments that are making Ugandans poor.
- The House passed the Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal matters) Miscellaneous (Amendment) Bill, 2015 into Law. This private member’s Bill was moved by Hon. Medard Lubega Ssegona
- The following Bills were read for the First Time:
- The Accreditation for Conformity Assessment Bill, 2018; tabled by the Minister of State for Trade, Hon. Kafabusa Werikhe Michael and referred to the Committee on Tourism, Trade, and Industry.
- The National Health Insurance Scheme Bill, 2019; tabled by the Minister of Health, Hon. Aceng Jane Ruth and referred to the Committee on Health.
25. The House was adjourned to Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 2:00 p.m.