The par­lia­ment of Uganda has two dif­fer­ent types of com­mit­tees. Stand­ing Com­mit­tees and Sec­toral Com­mit­tees.

In ac­cor­dance with ar­ti­cle 90 of the con­sti­tu­tion, the com­mit­tee mem­bers are pro­posed by the Gov­ern­ment chief whip and Op­po­si­tion whip. The pro­posed names are then read out to the house (Par­lia­ment in ses­sion) the House ap­points com­mit­tee mem­bers by vot­ing Yes or no to a name read.            

What Laws pro­vide for Ap­point­ment of a com­mit­tee mem­ber? 

Ac­cord­ing to ar­ti­cle 183 (1) of the Rules of Pro­ce­dure, there shall be Sec­toral Com­mit­tees of the House, whose mem­bers shall be des­ig­nated by Whips on ba­sis of Party or or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tion and in­ter­ests of In­de­pen­dent Mem­bers in the House at the be­gin­ning of every ses­sion of par­lia­ment.

Ar­ti­cle 155 (1) of the Rules of Pro­ce­dure states that; the Stand­ing com­mit­tee of the House shall have the tenure of of­fice of two and a half years and one of these com­mit­tees is the Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Econ­omy.

What are the func­tions of the Com­mit­tee?

Ar­ti­cle 175 0f the Rules of Pro­ce­dure clearly states the func­tions of the Com­mit­tee on the Na­tional Econ­omy and they in­clude the fol­low­ing;

It shall be the func­tion of the Com­mit­tee on the Na­tional Econ­omy to re­view, con­sider and scru­ti­nize all mat­ters re­lat­ing to na­tional econ­omy gen­er­ally, fi­nance and any other mat­ter re­ferred to it by the House.

The Com­mit­tee shall in par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ine and mon­i­tor the state of the na­tional econ­omy, to ex­am­ine and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the House on all loan agree­ments re­quired to be au­tho­rized or ap­proved by the House un­der ar­ti­cle 159 of the con­sti­tu­tion, to as­sess an­nu­ally the per­for­mance of loans and guar­an­tees ap­proved by par­lia­ment, to ex­am­ine the an­nual state of in­debt­ed­ness and man­age­ment of Gov­ern­ment debt, in­clud­ing the Debt Man­age­ment Per­for­mance As­sess­ment Frame­work, to ex­am­ine loan guar­an­tee re­quests and as­sess the per­for­mance of ex­ist­ing ones by Gov­ern­ment, to ex­am­ine the re­port on grants re­ceived by Gov­ern­ment and to ex­plore means of im­prov­ing the na­tional econ­omy.

Ex­am­in­ing loan guar­an­tee re­quests and as­sess the per­for­mance of ex­ist­ing ones by Gov­ern­ment be­ing of the func­tions of the Com­mit­tee on the Na­tional Econ­omy.

What is the com­po­si­tion of the Com­mit­tee? 

The Com­mit­tee is chaired by the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Nakaseke County North, Nakaseke dis­trict Bbumba Syda Namirembe. Out of the 429 Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, 35 Mem­bers sit on the Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Econ­omy. 25 Mem­bers sup­port the Na­tional Re­sis­tance Move­ment (NRM ) party, 6 be­long to the In­de­pen­dent and 4 mem­bers sup­port the Fo­rum for De­mo­c­ra­tic Change(FDC).

The table be­low shows their pro­fes­sions and aca­d­e­mic qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

1 Hon. Bbumba Syda Namirembe C/​P Nakaseke North county Ac­coun­tant mas­ters
2 Hon. Bategeka Lawrence V/​CP Hoima Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Econ­o­mist PhD
3 Hon. Muyanja John­son Seny­onga Mukono south county Lawyer mas­ters
4 Hon. Tayebwa Thomas  Ruhinda North Teacher Bach­e­lors
5 Hon. Kalule Sengo Em­manuel  Gomba East county Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mas­ters
6 Hon.Igeme Nathan Na­beta Jinja Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Busi­ness­man Bach­e­lors
7 Hon. Mi­gadde Robert Ndugwa Bu­vuma Is­lands county Leg­is­la­tor mas­ters
8 Hon. Okello An­thony Kioga county Econ­o­mist Bach­e­lors
9 Hon. Mu­soke Paul Se­bu­lime Buikwe county So­cial sci­en­tist mas­ters
10 Hon. Kibalya Henry Moris Bugab­ula South Pi­lot mas­ters
11 Hon. Guma Gu­mis­i­riza David Ibanda North Econ­o­mist Bach­e­lors
12 Hon. Nambeshe John Bap­tist Man­jiya county Econ­o­mist Bach­e­lors
13 Hon. Ikojo John Bosco Bukedea county Ac­coun­tant mas­ters
14 Hon. An­gura Fredrick  Tororo South county Busi­ness­man Bach­e­lors
15 Hon. Amero Su­san Amuria Dwr Ad­min­is­tra­tor mas­ters
16 Hon. Man­dera Amos Buyamba county So­cial worker mas­ters
17 Hon. Babirye Ju­dith Amuria Dwr Mu­si­cian Bach­e­lors
18 Hon. Seguya Lubyayi John Bosco Ma­wokota County south Ad­min­is­tra­tor Bach­e­lors
19 Hon. Lok­eris Sam­son Dodoth East county Ad­min­is­tra­tor Bach­e­lors
20 Hon. Ka­jara As­ton Mwenge county south Lawyer Bach­e­lors
21 Hon. Mar­tial An­drew Igara East Teacher Bach­e­lors
23 Hon. Anne Mary Tumwine Ntoroko Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Bach­e­lors
24 Hon. Katwe­si­gye Oliver Koyekyenga Buh­weju Dis­trict Busi­ness­woman Bach­e­lors
25 Hon. Akamba Paul Busiki Lawyer Bach­e­lors
26 Hon. Adeke Anna Ebaju Na­tional Fe­male youth Lawyer Bach­e­lors
27 Hon. Nauwat Rose­mary Amu­dat Dis­trict Teacher Bach­e­lors
28 Hon .Atiku Bernard Ayivu county So­cial worker Bach­e­lors
29 Hon. Lakot Oruni Su­san UPDF Sol­dier Bach­e­lors
30 Hon. Jack Wa­manga Wa­mai Mbale Mu­nic­i­pal­ity None Mas­ters
31 Hon. Her­bert Ed­mund Ariko Soroti Mu­nic­i­pal­ity So­cial worker Mas­ters
32 Hon. Jimmy Ak­ena Lira mu­nic­i­pal­ity Politi­cian Cer­tifi­cate
33 Hon. Ka­toto Hatwib Kater­era county Busi­ness­man Bach­e­lors
34 Hon. Ka­mara John Ninzey­i­mana Bu­fumbira North Ad­min­is­tra­tor Bach­e­lors
35 Hon. William Nzoghu Bu­songora North. So­cial worker Mas­ters


What has the com­mit­tee done so far? 


The com­mit­tee has ap­proved three loans in this 10th Par­lia­ment and sev­eral oth­ers have not yet been ap­proved by the com­mit­tee.

The first loan ap­proved by the par­lia­ment was to bor­row for the Lake Vic­to­ria Mar­itime Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Trans­port Pro­ject. That loan is up to $ 14,4 Mil­lion USD or 52,409 bil­lion, Uganda Shillings.

The sec­ond loan ap­proved by the par­lia­ment was to bor­row for the up­grade the road Kap­chorwa-Suam-Ki­tale Road. These were two loans in one. Which is one $ 38,349,313.28 or 139,705 bil­lion Uganda Shillings; this was bor­rowed from African De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB). The other was $ 56,129,597.12 or 204,437 bil­lion Uganda Shillings from the African De­vel­op­ment Fund (ADF).

The third loan was in Eu­ros, first part from UK Ex­port Fi­nance (UKEF), which was EU­ROS 270,266,042.15, con­verted to US Dol­lars is $ 321,199,210.23 or in Uganda Shilling the to­tal: 1,170,081,708,10 Uganda Shillings or in word One Tril­lion One Hun­dred Sev­enty bil­lion Uganda Shilling. The sec­ond loan is in EU­ROS 37,110,585 from Stan­dard Char­tered Bank, con­verted to US Dol­lars is $ 44,112,060.75 or in Uganda Shillings 160,670,761,044.55 or in words One Hun­dred Sixty Bil­lion, six hun­dred sev­enty mil­lion, seven hun­dred sixty-one thou­sand, forty-four and fifty-five hun­dredths, Uganda Shillings.[1]

With Ugan­da’s bor­row­ing rates, I am cer­tain there will be more loans be­fore Par­lia­ment soon.