This Week In Parliament (March 25th – 29th 2019)
• The Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah updates the House on the health condition of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga
The Deputy Speaker informed Members that the Speaker was steadily progressing at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. He condemned what he referred to as fake news spread by some sections of the media on the health condition of the Speaker.
• Hon. Bahati David, Minister of State for Finance presents a statement on the funds allocated to the Electoral Commission to conduct elections in newly created districts
Hon. Bahati informed the House that there was no budget in place for conducting the elections. He promised to prioritise the issue and ensure provision of funds for the elections.
• Hon. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Minister of State for Primary Health Care presents a statement on the suspected poisonous food distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Napak and Amudat Districts
The minister informed the House that the government and World Food Programme (WFP) ordered for the immediate suspension of the suspected poisonous super cereal from the affected districts.
• The House grants leave to Mr. Sam Lyomoki, worker’s representative to introduce a Private Member’s Bill entitled “The National Social Security Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Due to failure of the government to present the draft of the same Bill as promised by Hon. Florence Nakiwala, the Speaker proceeded to grant Hon. Sam Lyomoki leave of Parliament to introduce the aforementioned Bill.
• The House adopts the report of the Select Committee on the inquiry into allegations of sexual violence in institutions of learning in Uganda
The committee recommended investigation and befitting prosecution of the sixty (60) repeatedly mentioned individuals by learners as alleged perpetrators of Sexual Violence.
• The House considers Clauses 1-7 of the Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2018;
(a) Deleted the entire Clause 1
(b) Stood over Clause 2
(c) Passed Clauses 3,4,5,6 and 7 with amendments
(d) The consideration of Clause 8 was inconclusive.
The Speaker directed for redrafting of clause 8 of the Bill and advised Members with proposed amendments to submit them to his Office before the next sitting of the House.
• The following Bills were read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development:
(a) The Excise Duty [Amendment] Bill, 2019
(b) The Value Added Tax [Amendment] Bill, 2019
(c) The Tax Procedures Code [Amendment] Bill, 2019
(d) The Income Tax [Amendment] Bill, 2019
(e) The Stamp Duty [Amendment] Bill, 2019
(f) The Appropriation Bill, 2019
• The House adopts the report of the Budget Committee on the request by the House to verify the Uganda National Airlines Documents tabled by the Minister of Works and Transport on Wednesday 27th March 2019 with the following additional recommendations: –
(a) That the ground handling services should revert to Uganda National Airlines Company.
(b) That the Board of Directors be substantively constituted and subjected to parliamentary scrutiny.
(c) Like other statutory bodies, a law should be enacted by Parliament to regulate operations of Uganda National Airlines Company Limited.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Azuba Monica Ntege officially withdrew the documents that she had laid on table on Wednesday 27th March, 2019.
The Speaker directed that the documents so withdrawn be erased from the records of the House.
• The House approves Supplementary Expenditure Schedule No.2 for FY 2018/19 in regard to the following two Votes: –
(a) Vote 016 Ministry of Works and Transport – Supplementary Development Expenditure, Shs.280,046,776,933 for financing costs of Uganda National Airline.
(b) Vote 156 Uganda Land Commission – Supplementary Development Expenditure, Shs.12,000,000,000 for completion of the Uganda Martyrs Shrine.
• Ministers lay the following Ministerial Policy Statements for FY 2019/20 on table, and the Speaker refers them to respective Sectoral Committees for scrutiny:
(a) Ministry of Works and Transport
(b) Kampala Capital City Authority
(c) Ministry of Health
(d) Ministry of Local Government
(e) Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs
(f) Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
(g) Ministry Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
(h) Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
(i) Ministry of Internal Affairs
(j) Ministry of Education and Sports
(k) Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities
(l) Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
(m) Ministry of Public Service
(n) Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
(o) Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
(p) Office of the Auditor General
(q) The Parliamentary Commission
(r) Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(s) Ministry of Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance
(t) Office of the President
(u) Office of the Prime Minister
(v) Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
(w) Ministry of East African Community Affairs
(x) Treasury Operations
(y) Ministry of water and Environment
(z) Ministry of Works and Transport
Select committee on the compensation of Ugandan traders in South Sudan who lost merchandise as a result of the war outbreak
On 26th and 28th March 2019, The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) led by Hon Amelia Kyambadde (Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives) and the Attorney General led by Hon. William Byaruhanga respectively appeared before the Select Committee chaired by Hon. Ann Maria Nankabirwa. The committee was established by the Parliament of Uganda to among other things look into compensation of the Ugandan traders who were affected as a result of the war outbreak in South Sudan
Select Committee to investigate Apaa land conflict
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Epraim Kamuntu together with the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority Mr Mwandha Sam , on 27th March 2019 appeared before the select Committee established to look into the Apaa land Conflict chaired by Hon Agnes Ameede.