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This week in Parliament (3rd – 5th December 2019): Key Highlights

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On December 3rd 2019, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah di­rected the Clerk to Par­lia­ment to gazette the Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment Bill 2019, by a pri­vate mem­ber, Hon. Wil­fred Ni­wagaba in prepa­ra­tion for its first read­ing.

Hon. Bu­time Tom, the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, pre­sented a mo­tion on al­ter­ation of bound­aries and de­c­la­ra­tion of cities. Those to acquire city status in­clude; Arua, Gulu, Mbarara, Fort Por­tal, Jinja, Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, En­tebbe, Lira, Naka­songola, Soroti, Ka­bale and Wak­iso.

On December 4th 2019, Hon. Nambeshe John Bap­tist raised a con­cern that over 30 house­holds have been af­fected by the land­slides that oc­curred in East­ern Uganda. He said that most af­fected are those in Busika Sub-County. Par­lia­ment ob­served a mo­ment of si­lence for those who lost their lives.

On December 5th 2019, Hon. Mbwatekamwa moved a motion urging Government to reduce taxes on CCTV cameras and Automotive Tracking Devices. He said more Ugandans would wish to install CCTV Cameras and own tracking devices in their homes and businesses but the gadgets are very expensive.  Mbwtekwamwa’s motion was adopted by Parliament.

Hon. Atim Beatrice Anywar raised a concern that there is a company called Online Finance LTD in Kitgum which extorted a lot of money from the citizens in Kitgum. She asked the Ministry of Finance to take action on that company that carried out fraud. Hon. David Bahati, the State Minister for Finance cautioned Ugandans on fraudulent companies which promise them on getting returns in a very short period of time. He informed Parliament, that the Ministry for Finance together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs shall investigate the matter and take action.

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