This week in Parliament 23rd – 25th July 2019
Presided over by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Alitwaala Kadaga.
- The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the late John Kisembo, former Assistant Inspector General of Police (1999 – 2000) and the late Roy Madete, son of the Clerk to East African Legislative Assembly, Kenneth Madete.
- Nambooze raised a concern on the raising of the retirement age from 60yrs to 70yrs, as was reported by the New Vision. She said that Ugandans hoped for the retirement age to be reduced to 55yrs instead of being hiked to 70yrs.
- Geoffrey Macho spoke on the rampant arrest of people at Ugandan borders especially the Uganda – Kenya borders. He asked the government to sensitize people staying along the borders on the trade agreements signed by EAC to mitigate this plight.
- Kabagyenyi Rose raised an issue on the insecurity in Kisoro District. She said there are many guns at the hands of the wrong people and most of these people are suspected to be refugees.
- Betty Nambooze noted the resignation couple of KCCA senior staff including Jennifer Musisi who had earlier resigned had not yet been replaced by the President.
The Speaker asked the Minister for KCCA to brief the House on the issue.
- The House referred Hon. Elly Tumwine, Minister for Security, to the Parliamentary Committee on Rules for hearing over allegations by members of his disrespect to the Speaker, MPs and all Ugandans.
- Kania Obiga, Minister of Internal Affairs presented a Statement on the tedious process of replacement of national identity cards following Hon. Ondong Otto’s concern on the same issue raised during a Plenary sitting last week.
The Speaker suggested that Minister Obiga Kania organizes a meeting to answer more questions from MPs’ about national IDs.
The Minister promised to consult with the NIRA team and give the date the House.
- The House passed a motion to pay tribute to the Pope and to welcome all bishops and dignitaries to SECAM/Uganda.
- Rosemary Sseninde presented a brief statement responding to Hon. Ruugi’s concern on the funding of the students’ loan scheme. She says the budget for the scheme was increased by 2.4 billion to cater for 6443 students compared to the 7.5 that was requested by the Ministry.
- Lawrence Bategeka presented a report of the Parliamentary Delegation on the 3rd Uganda Canadian Business Expo and Convention.
- Jane Aceng, Minister of Health presented a statement on the current status of construction of international specialized hospital of Uganda in Lubowa. She said the Ministry of Finance issued the first promissory note and construction of the hospital will take 24 months.
- Nakate Lillian presented a Statement on the Public-Private Partnership Project by M/S Kalangala Infrastructure Services Ltd. (KIS).
- Ntege Azuba, Minister of Works and transport presented a brief statement on the appointment of the Board of Uganda Airlines raised by Hon. Elijah Okupa. The House scrapped the list of the board members who were presented.
- Karubanga David, Minister of State for Public service presented a statement on the severe pay disparity between Assistant Superintendents and Police who possess Arts and Science qualifications.
- Hon. Oboth presented a notification of expiry of the sixty days requirement for issuance of a certificate of financial implications under the Public Responsibilities Bill, 2018.
The Speaker directed Hon. Akaba to proceed with the presentation of the Bill for its first reading.
- The House debated the Report of the Committee on Agriculture on the statement of the Minister of Defense on the operations of the Fisheries Protection Force.
Members condemned the army for human rights violations on water bodies.
The Speaker recommended that Parliament organizes and files a suit against officers of the Army Fisheries Protection Force cited in human rights violations, including burning of boats.
- The Attorney General, Hon William Byaruhanga presented five bills for electoral reforms.
- The House passed the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019 into Law becoming the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2019.
- The House granted the Committee on Finance three more weeks to prepare and present the Local Content Bill.
- The House was adjourned to Tuesday 30th July 2019 at 2.00pm.
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